Ffion rang. It was a sunny day. I have a week and a half left to finish my book. She says, ” I’m going to fly my bird, do you want to come?” I say no, I can’t, I’m working, I don’t have enough time. I work for about another two hours. It’s beautiful outside. Still. Calm. Sunshine. I phone Fii. Ask if she has flown yet. ” No,” she says, ” I was waiting for you to call back and say you would come. I knewit wouldn’t take long.”

And how glad I was that I put the brushes down and went to see the Salt Water peregrine queen fly. Ffi has a licence from Defra to keep her until end of march by which time it is hoped she will be fit enough to go fly and hunt and not try swimming again. I hope to be there when she goes free.

Ffi has put in hours of patient care to build up this level of trust with a wild thing that I first saw in Ffion’s kitchen. This is what she looked like then. I will leave the photographs to say the rest.





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About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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4 Responses to Flight

  1. beautiful and awesome.
    Glad you took photos.
    Sandy in Bracknell

  2. Carrie says:

    Wonderful, wonderful! She’s a beautiful creature, so happy to see her flying!
    We have a bird of prey flying experience day to look forward to later this year at Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, something I’ve wanted to do for years… I’ve only ever held one once, a harris hawk that flew just once to my glove at the town fayre a few years ago and looked me in the eye… nothing else like that gaze of fierce wilderness…
    I hope she is strong and the weather kinder by March…

  3. dinahmow says:

    It’s been a heartening story,Jackie.And you’ve captured some good images.
    My first rehab-release was a kestrel and I will NEVER forget the thrill of seeing that bird circle, hover briefly, then fly away. A clean release is always good, but the thrill of the first, like love, remains…

  4. Mo Crow says:

    beautiful and soon she’ll be free!

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