The vast majority of falconry photographs have been taken at the family run birds of prey park called 'Falconcrest' in Eindhoven the Netherlands. This where I learnt what it takes to be a falconer and got a greater appreciation for birds or prey. Falconcrest is also the only falconry in the Netherlands that manufactures (and uses) tradional Dutch falconry equipment.
5633 BE EIndhoven
Tel: +31 (0)40 212 0 111
Dorset - DT6 5QJ
Tel: +44 (0)1297 678194
A bird of prey from the family of eagles, however with rather un-eagle behaviour
Despite its large size, buzzards are not major predators. earthworms, frogs and anything killed larger than a pigeon was probably ill.
Like wolves, these hawks hunt in packs. Social or coordinated group hunting is extremely uncommon for birds of prey.
The eurasian eagle owl is one of the largest owl species and spread over vast areas from europe to asia.
The smallest and most common owl species of Australia. The name comes from the typical sound they make.
It looks kinda like an eagle but has many traits typical of a buzzard. With the proper name of 'Black-chested Buzzard Eagle'.
It's not bald, the name is derived from 'white headed'. Symbol of America because it lives so long (30+ years).
One of the fastest birds of prey on the planet. also known in America as the duck hawk.
From the Latin name 'royal hawk', the Dutch refer to it as the 'kings buzzard'.
The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed owl species on the globe.
This large Owl is the national bird of Quebec. It's white plumage is perfect arctic camouflage.
Falconcrest - Home of traditional Dutch falconry equipment manufacturing.
Falconcrest Falconry Equipment
Northern Barn Owls are a lot paler or lighter in colour that Barn Owls from the South.
Or Great Grey Owl, it's flat face act like a sound radar dish to guide sounds to its ears.
Also known as the sparrow hawk is a very colourfull small kestrel from North America.
The Ghost Owl. With white plumage it has the perfect camouflage for artic hunting.
Not the smallest owl on the globe, but a small owl anyway. It can bark like a dog.
The largest of the falcon species on earth. It is the official bird of the Canadian Northern Terretories.
Found in the warmer parts of Europe all the way through Asia, with 13 recognized different races.
A Northern hemisphere artic and tundra bird of prey. A nomadic bird that follows its prey.
Found in the mid-Americas, these birds of prey are more scavenger than hunter.
The lanner prefers horizonal speed attacks as opposed to the stoop down from a height. like most other falcons.
Kites are scavenger hunters, they hunt small mammals and reptiles but will also feed on carcasses of sheep or dead birds.
Vultures are scavengers and feed the carcasses of dead animals. Research shows different species of vultures have little in common.
A special thanks goes out the the Lenders family in Eindhoven, owners of Falconcrest Falconry, for providing wisdom, insight and the fundamental comprehension and understanding of carnivorous birds. Their dedication and passion for falconry, care for endangered species, global breeding programs, ensuring the strength of captive breeding stock and the active preservation of the ancient craftmanship of traditional Dutch falconry equipment is astounding and inspirering.
Martin Ballam, owner of Extreme Falconry in the UK. Providing educational birds of prey and falconry displays throughout the UK. Active with international birds of prey preservation concerns and breeding programs. A passionate falconer with an extensive knowledge of birds of prey, with an exceptional and inspiring way of sharing his knowledge of birds of prey with everyone who has an interest in this extraordinary relation between birds of prey and humans. The only falconry I know who breeds African vultures in captivity.
More detailed information on birds of prey can be found on the Birds of prey information page
Some information on falconry hoods, there purpose and designs are available on the Falconry Hoods page.
A low budget electronics RF project for falconry in the category falconry equipment is located at Smart Falconry Telemetry - Small low power MCU controlled RF telemetry transceiver for tracking birds of prey on the wing.