Coming into falconry at the age of 10 (2004), I had found my true passion. After 4 years of training I received my first bird, Tilly the Barn Owl who is still a huge member of our team. Libby, my second bird, came to live with me in 2011 only growing my passion for feathered creatures.
Continuing to work with birds of prey, I studied animal management in college and shortly after graduating travelled to South Africa to work on a rehabilitation centre, where I decided to continue my work with birds of prey and KL Falconry was born upon my return. We had two owl chicks join the team in 2013 and helped us grow and the Owl encounter was created. Our team continues to grow, check out the our birds page and meet our team!
In August 2012, I spent 5 weeks volunteering on a rehabilitation centre in South Africa. Whilst there I worked with a range of birds from Pearl spotted owls to Martial Eagles (the biggest eagles in Africa!). I also released 2 barn owls that were at the centre named Frank and Charlie, I looked after them while they were in a release cage along with some team mates and then I fed them for a week after they were released on a tray to ensure that they had food until there hunting instincts kicked in again. In one of the enclosures that I looked after there were around 13 raptors, from Bateleur Eagles to Fish Eagles. There were two long crested eagles in this enclosure, one of which had not been in the centre long when I arrived and he was ready to be released, so I had the pleasure of releasing him on a reserve near by.
For the 5 weeks I was there, I got the pleasure of training and flying a wild African Goshawk (Takeira) that had been in the centre for almost a year. Takeira had been brought into the centre after being found lying on the floor with concussion from flying into a window. She spent a couple of weeks in the centre where she was looked after and fed everyday getting ready for release. She was released onto the reserve around the Rehabilitation centre, unfortunately she was found not long after on the ground with dehydration and starving. She was brought back to the centre and deemed unfit for release.
After spending full days with Takeira, taking her out and manning at around 9am and putting her back at around 5pm, I built up a trust and a bond with her. She would sit with me in my room, and in the common room while I ate my dinner around all the other volunteers. Once this trust was built I started flying her more and more. When I was leaving the rehab centre to come home, the man who ran the centre offered me Takeira as there is no one else in the centre that can look after her or has the same bond that we do. I am at the moment trying to raise the money to bring her home.