Sponsor a Bird of Prey
When you sponsor a bird of prey at SMJ Falconry we don't just give you a certificate and a photograph. We make your connection as meaningful as possible by offering you the chance to visit and handle your new friend twice during each year of sponsorship!
So, sponsor one of our birds of prey and in return we'll give you:
- 2 visits to handle your new friend, each year of sponsorship
- a personalised sponsorship card & certificate
- a photograph of your chosen bird of prey
Geoff - Male Peregrine Falcon
Hatch date: 24/5/2014
Geoff is a cheeky chap, he is our imprint (hand raised) peregrine. He is one of Chris's demonstration birds, he also visits schools and does pest control. Geoff join us at SMJ Falconry temporarily in August 2014, we took him on as he was an extremely noisy falcon, he would scream constantly when he saw anyone.
Leon - Male Black Kite
Hatch date: 14/6/14
Leon is our Black Kite, he arrived with us in 2014 at 5 weeks old. He came from Belgium and Chris collected him from the Dartford crossing. Unfortunately when Chris collected him there was a big accident in the tunnel which closed the tunnel and left Chris in a traffic jam for 6 hours behind a Seat Leon, which is where his name "Leon" comes from. In the end he had to stay over night in a hotel to wait for it to clear. Leon is a great bird to see flying on experience days, unfortunately he hasn't mastered external demonstrations yet but we hope he will improve for demonstrations in the future.
Jay - Male Gyr/Saker Falcon (Hybrid)
Hatch date: 19/4/2014
Jay is our white Gyr/Saker falcon hybrid. He is part of Chris's flying display team and can be seen at events with Chris all over the country. He is a fantastic flying bird and is always eye catching on our static displays.
Henry - Male Harris Hawk
Hatch date: 1/1/2010
Henry is one of our hunting harris hawks. He came to us when he was 3 years old and has been a bit temperamental, he can be a little bit grumpy sometimes, but over the last year he has done most hunting days that we run and is a successful hunter.
Oslo - Male Harris Hawk
Hatch date: 15/7/2003
Oslo is Chris's first ever bird and is our original bird. He joins Chris at lots of displays during the summer and is his hunting companion. Oslo is extremely reliable and a fantastic hunter, providing guests on hunting days a thrilling day.
Charlie - Male Harris Hawk
Hatch date: 9/6/2009
Charlie belongs to Matthew Kirby who is currently at University, whilst Matthew finishes his degree he is staying with us and he goes on hunting days as well as hawk walks.
Toby - Male Harris Hawk
Hatch date: 1/10/2007
Toby is our chief hawk walk harris hawk. He does most of our hawk walks and is very good at them. He soars over our little valley during windy days and follows us around the beautiful countryside. He isn't a very good hunting hawk as he is our smallest harris hawk, but he will occationally join the hunting team and can be successful on smaller rabbits/prey.
Anya - Female Steppe Eagle
Hatch date: 08/05/2012
Anya is our Steppe Eagle, she is our first eagle, we got Anya in August 2012 and she progressed well with her training but had an accident and fractured her left leg. She had to have it pinned for 3 months and she couldnt be teathered for 3 more months after that which really affected her training. James has really worked hard with her after she has fully moulted out and she is now flying free, because she wasn't exposed to demonstrations and show's it will take a long time to get her flying in demonstrations, but it something we are aiming for in the future.
Julianne - Female Hooded Vulture
Hatch date: 12/04/2014
Julianne is our only Vulture currently, but she is a fantastic bird full of Character. We collected her from her breeder in mid-Wales at just 12 days old, she was small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. Once she was a bit holder, she travelled around in the front of the van visiting schools and going to demonstrations around Yorkshire. She finally fledged when she was 13 weeks old and then started flying over our little valley and back. She is now an accomplished demonstration bird and is going from strength to strength.
Reggie - Male Peregrine Falcon
Hatch date: 19/5/2011
Reggie is our adult male peregrine falcon and is been part of Sandra's flying team. He is extremely fast and enjoys just flying rather than chasing the lure. He also takes part in our photography workshops and is particularly stunning when all the heather is in bloom.
Morris - Male Lanner Falcon
Hatch date: 4/5/2013
Morris is part of Chris's display team, he came to us at 6 weeks old (just as he was fully grown) and took straight to flying in demonstrations, he is an excellent bird to watch and will come really close over the audience's heads. He does occasionally go and have a wonder off from shows, most memorably from York where he ended up landing on a Frankie's and Benny's roof and waited for Chris to collect him.
Murphy - Male (Jack) Merlin
Hatch date: 22/5/2011
Murphy is our star demonstration falcon. He is an amazing flyer and is thrilling to watch. James loves Murphy and flys him pretty much every day. He goes along with Chris's display team, but James is the one to fly him, he's certainly one to watch. He is also a perfect model for photography workshops.
Timmy - Male American Kestrel
Hatch date: 3/6/2013
Timmy is a cheeky little bird, he is our smallest bird weighing in at just 100 grams. Timmy is used for experience days, schools and birthday parties. He also travels around in both Chris's and Sandra's display teams.
Pippin - Male Kestrel
Hatch date: 17/5/2011
Pippin takes part in our experience days, school visits and photography workshop. He is a very impressive looking Kestrel with his beautiful adult colours.
Twlight - Female Barn Owl
Hatch date: 1/5/2013
Twilight is one of Chris's primary demonstration birds and takes part in most external shows and a lot of experience days here. She is very well behaved and loves to fly every day. Most people in Britain know of the struggle Barn Owls have had over the last 50 years, as such they are a firm favourite among young and old.
Click - Female Little Owl
Hatch date: 22/5/2013
Click is our only Little Owl, she is a very grumpy owl (most Little Owls are!) and is called Click after her "Clicking" her beak at us in protest as a young owlet.
Candy - Female MacKinder's Eagle Owl
Hatch date: 2/4/2010
Candy, our Mackinder's Eagle Owl is a lovely owl, she is very slow and patient. She is great at shows and also at flying during experience days. She has joined the ranks of the flying display team in 2015 and is still getting to grips with big crowds. So far she shows lots of promise and should be taking part in some of Chris's displays in 2016!
Dusty - Male African Spotted Eagle Owl
Hatch date: 10/4/2010
Dusty is one of Sandra's favourite Owls, she is part of her flying display team and also takes part in owl encounters. Dusty occasionally stars at weddings, doing flying ring deliveries, too!
Willow - Female Red Kite
Hatch date: 18/05/2015
Willow is our Red Kite, we've had her since she was just 4 weeks old and has been travelling around with us ever since. She is a very kind natured bird and very relaxed in pretty much all environments. Red kites are an amazing bird and recognised up and down the country, they have had a rough time over the last 50 years and are now no longer endangered in this country. Willow is still in training but already takes part in demonstrations and experience days.