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Dawn
12-04-2011, 06:26 PM
The boy is 8 today. :thud:

Anyway as a surprise we booked him a 2 hour Owl Handling session at a local falconry. He absolutely loved it and wants to take Daddy for his birthday. :thumbsup:

This is Steven with the falconry owner checking out an eagle owl.

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This is Moon the Tawny Owl and I want to bring him home with me.

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But as it's Steven's birthday he gets to hold him.

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A couple of Sally's other birds - Bengali Eagle Owl and a gorgeous Kestrel.

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And now the Tawny Owl has been traded in for Crystal the Barn Owl and we're off to the field for some flying.

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Can we keep her?

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And a bit of flying fun, including a couple of races to the perch - Crystal always won.

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Now we have to go again as Steven says that Daddy needs to go for his birthday treat. :thumbsup:

Isafari
12-04-2011, 06:43 PM
Happy Birthday Steven - what an absolutely fantastic day you had. Lovwe the photos :thumbsup:

uscwest
12-04-2011, 07:28 PM
Looks like both Steven and you had wonderful days. I thought he was 8 today but I wasn't sure. He is growing up so fast.

foreverducky
12-04-2011, 09:57 PM
Oh my gosh! I want one! :yes: (An owl that is, not an 8 year old). :D

Happy Birthday!

josh.p.
12-04-2011, 10:56 PM
:mental: What a fantastic treat! Steven looks like he really enjoyed it.

Tink
13-04-2011, 03:34 AM
What an incredible birthday surprise!!! Happy Birthday Steven! (It's still your birthday here)! Hope your day was as glorious as you!

Johnie
13-04-2011, 05:18 AM
Oh wow!! What a great birthday treat!!

Skywatcher
17-04-2011, 08:03 PM
Awesome photos and a really great day by the look of it. love moon to bits.

What a fantastic days weather you had as well, how the time goes

MystikPiglit
18-04-2011, 01:11 PM
Great owl pics. :yes: