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Available 1st February 2017

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As I write, it seems that a strain of bird flu has one again raised its ugly head. The strain, H5N8, was first found in poultry in Scotland and then in two dead Wigeons in Somerset. Recently, the virus has also been found in several dead swans at Abbotsbury in Dorset. The government’s chief veterinary officer, Nigel Gibbens, advises that all poultry and captive bred birds be kept undercover although the risk to human health is very low. There does not seem to be any indication at the moment that falconers should not fly their hawks, although I have heard of a few falconers putting their birds down to moult early. If you are concerned in any way visit the government web-site www.gov.org

I hope you find a good variety of articles in this issue and I must say a big thank you to Bob Dalton and Paul Beecroft for continuing to supply excellent stories. Their continued support of the magazine is much appreciated and I hope that you, dear reader, enjoy reading their articles.

Don’t forget the up-coming British Falconry & Raptor Fair which will be held on 30 April – 1 May at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, Yorkshire. The event will be run by Bob Dalton and Adam Fry who have taken over the fair from Ron Morris who ran it for 26 years. I hope to see you there.

In the meantime, have a good read.

Issue 108 Contents

News and New Products

Hunting with Eagles – Wyoming 2016
Andrew Knowles-Brown on his trip to America

Sudden Colour Change in the Feet of a Golden Eagle
Dr. David Glynne Fox tells us about colour changes in eagles’ feet and cere

A Home of Their Own
Ross Dawson and the building of his aviaries

We Were Falconers
Part 2 of the Gardner family by Paul Beecroft

Balearic Falconry Meet
Bob Dalton on another one of his trips overseas

Some More Mishaps and Mistakes
Doug Palmer tells us of some more of his exploits while out hawking

Plight of the Kestrel
Stephen Osbourne-Dalby on the decline of this little falcon in Britain

Herpesvirus – the risks associated with feeding pigeon to falconry birds
Vets Thomas Dutton and Neil Forbes on why we should not feed our hawks pigeons

Club Directory

IBR Lost and Found


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