Hampshire Hawk Walks Founder
I have had a life long interest in birds and becoming a full time falconer with a team of Harris hawks has been a dream come true. A passion for animals and an obsession with Harris Hawks and ferrets and all things relating to nature I worked for many years as a self employed gardener on large private estates, a chance meeting with a fellow falconer, London's previous owner and an experience day many years ago were the start of what has become Hampshire Hawk Walks.
Senior Harris Hawk - My Favourite
London is a 24 year old male Harris Hawk and is my favourite hawk in the team, he absolutely loves being out and about with people. He has worked with the public for most of his life and is quite a cheeky chappy, like all birds of prey he is still a wild animal however he is a very friendly hawk. He will fly very close to you while on a walk and likes to give you a little tap with his wing as he flies past. London is one in a million and is a very clever harris hawk indeed. I like to make sure he stays warm in the winter so he lives in the kitchen when its cold.
Trinity is a 6 year old female Harris Hawk and despite her size a real softy and enjoys a chat and can be very vocal. Trinity is much bigger than the boys as female birds of prey are generally larger than the males and she is the boss of the group known as the Alpha. She is a lovely hawk to take out on a walk and also good for photography and handling as she is very calm, though she is a little to big and heavy to fly to children. She likes to hunt and chase when the opportunity arises and also flying to people for her food.
Sensible Mr Holmes
Sherlock is an essential member of the Hampshire Hawk Walks team, having joined us in January 2021. He had been part of a display and pest control team at a falconry centre in Hampshire. Sherlock has lots of experience of flying with members of the public and of doing displays in front of large crowds, he is 7 years old and super reliable and fun to fly on hawk walks and is great with people, He has a love of chasing pigeons and other birds and has the most amazing flying style and looks effortless gliding through the trees though like most of the other hawks he is not a fan of dogs and will sit in a tree and scream at them if we meet a dog out in the parkland. Sherlock is super fast and loves to show off his flying skills.
The Enthusiastic Athlete
Casper is the baby of the team and is a juvenile male Harris hawk just coming up to 2 years old. He is a cheeky little character and is really becoming quite a personality , he loves meeting new people and chasing anything that moves when out flying and on hawk walks, He can be a little bit vocal at times and likes to make sure you know he's around! He is a very enthusiastic little chap and has become a real favourite with customers, you can really see how much he enjoys being out and entertaining people with his antics. In his little head we are all members of his hawk family and there to help him hunt and catch squirrels!
The Distinguished Gent
Caffrey joined the team in October 2021. He is 23 years old and an absolute gentleman with a cheeky streak! He was working with a falconer in Lincolnshire who rehomed him due to retirement , Mr Caffers as he has become known, is great with people and is a very well natured and talkative hawk. He loves flying on windy days, though does sometimes disappear and I have to go and find him! He is becoming qiote a favourite of mine and we are developing a very close bond, he is a very trustworthy hawk and extremely handsome!
The Cheeky Chappy
Guinness also joined us from Lincolnshire in October 2021, he is a 6 year old male Harris Hawk, Guinness is a little aggressive towards other male hawks so likes to be flown on his own rather than in other hawk company, he is very friendly to humans and likes to make friends with customers on an experience and will sit on the glove and let you take him for a walk and a chat! He is a very sweet natured little hawk and always calls to me when I go out to see him in the morning.
Little miss gorgeous!
Willow is a barn owl, she is our newest team member and as I write this just coming up to 10 weeks old. I have imprinted her which means she sees me as her mum. I am looking forward to taking Willow into meet people during talks to teach them all about our native species, I am also hoping she will be confident flying to strangers so she will be available for experiences next year.
The Grey Squirrel Hunter
Texas joined the team in summer 2022 , Texas is a 3 year old red tailed hawk another species native to the USA and is actually a buzzard quite similar to the common buzzard seen in the UK. In the wild in their native environment they would hunt grey squirrels, I am asked by land owners to assist with population control of this non native invasive species and Texas helps with this, he will also be available for experiences with more experienced guests during 2023 following training.
Doogal is an 8 year old European Kestrel, Doogal was part of a large display team based in Lincolnshire and was looking for a new home following the retirement of his previous owner. Falcons are very different to my hawks and Doogal is not suitable for walks, however he will be meeting the public during summer flying demonstrations and in educational appearances at schools and clubs, Kestrels are small and have very beautiful plumage, especially the males! Doogal is a very feisty little character and has a very big personality!