One of our supporters, Claire Feehily, has sent us her review of the film ‘The Eagle Huntress’…
A trailer of the film can be seen here…
This documentary film takes us to Mongolia’s Altai Mountains in the company of thirteen-year-old Aisholpan and her father. Their nomadic Kazakh community maintains the thousand-year-old tradition of hunting with Golden Eagles.
In a stunning opening sequence a lone rider reaches a high peak, then lowers an adult bird down alongside the lamb that has been slaughtered to honour the Eagle and its release back into the wild.
And so, the place of the birds and of these traditional hunting skills and rituals is very simply established for us.
The film follows Aisholpan, her instinctive connection to the birds, and her determination to be confirmed as a Master Hunter. We are allowed a rare and privileged glimpse of life in this extraordinary place.
The film is simply beautiful.
The landscape, the observation of the birds, the training sequences, the connection between father and daughter, and, above all, between Aisholpan and Eagle… it leaves some unforgettable images.
See it wherever and however you can!
A report on the progress of the Christ Church Peregrines, written by Dave Pearce, has been added to our documents page. As well as interesting information relating to eggs, incubation, prey remains, etc, the article features some fantastic photographs and links to videos. Click here for a direct link to the report.
Many will remember that this year GRMG carried out a Little Owl survey where we visited as many of the 100+ sites that were identified during surveys in 2008-11, to see if those sites still held Little Owls. Further information can be found in our recent summer update. Many thanks to Kevin Widgery for sending us this photo he took whilst contributing to this survey.
Being a county raptor monitoring group, we don’t normally post news from further afield, but we thought this might be of interest.
St. Michael and All Angels in Exeter was the first church in the UK to have breeding peregrines following their recovery from a population crash, with successful nesting occurring every year since 1997. Over the last twenty years, the adult peregrines, the number of fledged young, prey selection, behaviour and hunting, plus the peregrines interaction with other species in the vicinity has been closely monitored by individuals and via the internet. This history has been documented in a small softback book which is now available to purchase. If you’d like a copy, an order form can be found in the photo that accompanies this article.
Download the full size version here.
With the continued and growing support of numerous landowners and large estates both in the Southam area and reaching out to a 10-mile radius in the Newent area, the 100th Tawny owl box was installed on Wednesday.
The autumn 2016 GRMG newsletter has been sent out to people on our mailing list, and is now available to download here. In this issue, you will find the results from our Little Owl survey, comments on the 2016 Peregrine survey,information on wildlife crime in the county, and two guest articles – ‘The Yorkley Ravens’ by Elizabeth Sleeman and ‘Raptor Monitoring on the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate’ by Anna Field – and much more.
We are delighted to offer two talks this winter by speakers who are both nationally recognised authorities on their species. These are ticket-only events; tickets are available at £5 each from the shop on our website, http://www.glosraptors.co.uk. If you are unable to buy tickets online, contact us on email@example.com to reserve tickets for collection on the door.
At both events there will be tea/coffee and biscuits and a chance to chat and hear about GRMG’s latest activities and plans.
Buzzards, with Robin Prytherch, 7.30pm Thursday 8th December, Gala Club, Fairmile Gdns, Gloucester, GL2 9EB.
Robin has been studying Common Buzzards in an area south of Bristol for many years, making extensive and very detailed observations of breeding behaviour, and monitoring individual birds. He has several papers published in the journal British Birds, most recently on the way territorial size and productivity have changed as numbers have increased, and (in March this year) on “nests, nest trees and prey remains”.
Barn Owls, with Colin Shawyer, 7.30 Wednesday 25th January, Ribston Hall School, Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL1 5LE.
Colin is a raptor biologist and professional ecologist specialising in birds, mainly birds of prey and has published widely on this subject. He was Director of the Hawk and Owl Trust between 1988 and 1998. He undertook work for the BTO between 2000 and 2010 developing and implementing its Barn Owl Monitoring Programme and in 1988 founded the Barn Owl Conservation Network (BOCN); he is BOCN Coordinator for UK and Ireland. He oversees and undertakes extensive Barn Owl nest monitoring every season.