A Northern Crested Caracara. Found in Latin America., Stan is a bit of an odd bod. He is technically a Falcon he behaves like a Vulture and is often known as the Mexican Eagle. He is 6 years old. He enjoys puzzles and small objects. Keep an eye on your belongings as he likes to horde things.
He throws his head back and makes a rattling noise.
Stanley can be seen daily. It is particularly fun when he gets his mid afternoon meal at the 1.30pm display.
Raggy is a Lanner Falcon. Found in the southern Mediterranean and large parts of Africa. The Lanner has been used in Falconry for centuries and in ancient Egypt worshipped as a god.
Like all falcons, the Lanner is extremely fast. A close cousin of the Peregrine who holds the title of the fastest animal on the planet.
Ragnar is named after Ragnar Lothbrook the famous Viking who spent time on Orkney. Ragnar Lothbrook is a well know character in the TV hit Vikings.
We now have a partner for Ragnar, her name is Lagertha and you will be able to meet her this coming season.
You can see Raggy attempt to out manoeuvre Keith most days at the 1.30pm display. He chases the lure which is a replica of his natural prey, birds.
We challenge anyone to catch this super fast bird on film or photo as he swoops over Skaill.
The mainstay of our flying demonstrations are our Harris Hawks. A different Harris Hawk flies in each demo during the day. They are all open to sponsor and they all have interesting credentials.
Our 8 year old Barn owl who is also our resident Grumpy Old Man along with Keith.
Skara is our 7 year old Australian Boobook Owl. She has an interesting call which can be very loud and keep you awake at night
Our 5 year old Eurasion Eagle Owl, Odin, is one of the most popular birds at SHF. He is very graceful in the air even tho he looks like the size of a back door!