On a more sombre note It is with great sadness that we have to record the unexpected passing of Phillip Turner who passed away shortly after attending the anniversary meeting.
Phillip 50 from Clayton Bradford was well respected and had time for everyone. His funeral was Marked with a Guard of honour as falconers from the club and far afield attended with their charges to pay their respects and pass on condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed by those who had the good fortune to have known him.
RIP. Phillip Turner
Harris Hawk Group Day 2 - Hawes, North Yorkshire
After a very pleasant chat and introduction to the land lady we set of with the birds.
Although a sunny day it was blowing a gale with the wind due to get even stronger has the day went on.I decided not to fly my Harris given that she had very little fitness levels for the strong winds forecast and concentrate and getting Alan's male Harris entered.
The rabbits sit really tight but when they break you get some fantastic flights and it was just one of those flights that gave Alan his first rabbit of the meet and boy what a smile.The euphoria of the perfect moment caught on film who could ask for more.
We all remember that feeling!!
John Cunningham had some great flights with his female Harris and managed to put two rabbits in the bag, boy does she hit them hard not many get away from this bird.
It's a real pleasure to see her hunting total effort and commitment fantastic .
The best flight of the day was a joint effort with both john's and Phil Turners bird venom taking on a hen bird at distance a fantastic slip which venom managed to secure in his talons and make Phil a happy man.
A fantastic days hawking with a special thank you to Tim Smith
Written and submitted by
Alan Barnard President NEFC