Saturday, November 20, 2010

CAPTIVE BIRDS OF PREY AT PRAGUE CASTLE

As a visitor to the Prague Castle, when you enter the main complex and turn left towards the sprawling gardens you could come across an unusual sight  of majestic birds of prey perched on posts . A closer look will show the legs of all the birds tied to posts . These birds belong to the falconry that exists at the castle.
One of the captive Eagles
Hawks/Falcons waiting for their chance of flight
With quick twists of its neck, this owl was a keen observer of all the tourists
 A Falcon with its head Gear - does look pitiable !

The falconry at the castle organises special shows of these birds in flight and also the opportunity to have these powerful birds perch on your gloved hand.
However it is sad to see these mighty birds in captivity, their freedom taken away from them.

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