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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 13th September, 2011) Views: 2,862 
Icelandic Falcon
 Icelandic Falcon   by Harry Cunliffe  (Nikon Coolpix 7900)
I shot this photo in Aspull, thanks to her handler Dan.

Comment by wigan3 on 13th September 2011 at 01:37
Absolutely stunning


Comment by Fred C. on 13th September 2011 at 06:46
Magnificent bird,nice shot.


Comment by Ron D on 13th September 2011 at 10:43
Watch the birdie. Nice one Harry.


Comment by Bren on 13th September 2011 at 11:13
What a magnificent bird.. good shot Harry. !!


Comment by Ellen M on 13th September 2011 at 11:24
Not a regular sight on the doggy walking trail but a beautiful photo, well done!


Comment by maggie on 13th September 2011 at 11:43
That is a wonderful experience to have one of these creatures so close & you can look into its eyes. This happened to me at Keilder water raptor centre


Comment by Maureen Andrews nee McGovern on 13th September 2011 at 12:16
What a beautiful bird...and lovely shot Harry.


Comment by David Barker on 13th September 2011 at 12:33
Fantastic they are ,birds of prey forever alert listening and watching look at her eyes,very nice Harry .


Comment by Lin on 13th September 2011 at 14:00
Just stunning! Beautiful bird, great pic


Comment by David on 13th September 2011 at 16:13
Beautiful bird, great shot!


Comment by Brian A on 13th September 2011 at 16:48
These birds should be free, Not straps fastened round birds legs, these birds should be free, that is cruelty, nothing nice about it, All animals should be free not kept in cages or tanks of water, How would you like it to happen to you, rope round neck for long periods of time. DISGUSTING,


Comment by Brian A on 13th September 2011 at 16:56
Hi Harry Cunliffe, is that what you like to see birds fastened with rope round their legs, there is enough cruelty in the world without this type of business, Find better uses for your camera Harry not this type of stuff,puts wrong things into peoples minds, they start to think its allright to treat animals like this,


Comment by John H on 13th September 2011 at 18:27
Nice one Harry, beautiful shot.


Comment by Harry C. on 13th September 2011 at 20:12
Brian A. I accompanied Dan and his bird for an hour or so on one of the daily flights, I don't wish to have a prolonged discussion with you over this, as I think anyone is entitled to have their opinion, but the bird was flying free (as a bird)and always returned. Thanks all for your comments and interest. H.


Comment by Bren on 13th September 2011 at 21:51
Who rattled Brian's cage ??


Comment by John H on 13th September 2011 at 23:03
True birds should be allowed to fly free, but I would have to say this bird looks in good health. I wonder if it would still be alive if it was free. I used to like watching the two pairs of kestrels flying in Aspull, 3 of them have been shot dead. I also used to love watching the Owl near the Rugby club in Aspull. I was told a few weeks ago that had been shot to, found dead with a pellet in it. Nice to know that bird you shot with your camera Harry is in good health. It is always nice to see them flying around free, but it is always nice to see them in good health knowing they are looked after too.


Comment by Harry C. on 15th September 2011 at 13:50
Thanks John, I haven't seen you for a while, further to your comment about the shot kestrels and owl, I was told a couple of weeks ago that a deer was found dead in Crawford Wood with a crossbow bolt through it. what can you say! H.


Comment by joan b on 15th September 2011 at 19:30
I agree with both sides really,I always think a bird should be free, after all the saying is "as free as a bird" but on the other hand if the bird is happy and well looked after and is also allowed to fly, then its better than being shot just for fun.


Comment by John H on 16th September 2011 at 12:56
Reply to Harry C, Deer shot dead
Human beings kill, kill, kill. I wonder how brave they would be on the front line in Afghanistan. Must take a lot of guts to shoot & kill such a beautiful creature.
Such a shame, Why what is good about killing helpless animals


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