Tuesday November 27th 2012
It’s been a wet week. There’s no point in describing it any other way. It’s not exactly a novelty any more, more like the norm really. We appear to have had a semi permanent water feature both on the front lawn and in the breeding ground for most of the year. Wellies are the prudent choice of footwear these days, although I would say that when the water goes above wellie height, that this is quite note worthy. This in fact, happened last Thursday, the 22nd of November. Still, apparently we got off quite lightly compared with more southerly regions!
Business goes on however; on Friday, a private breeder came and brought some owls with him. We got a Rusty-barred Owl, and two Northern Hawk Owls. It was an interesting day for one of the students on placement with us at present. She got to do some catching and restraining of owls.
David went to a conference the other week. He told me he met his predecessor here at the World Owl Trust, which reminds me of a funny story. David’s predecessor was never a shrinking violet, and was heavily involved in ‘Meet the Birds’ during the visitor season. He took it upon himself to learn about flying the birds, and the techniques involved in this. On one occasion he even wanted to fly Mortimer! This bird oozes malevolence to anybody she is unfamiliar with, and to many she knows quite well. I was on hand to jump in should things go wrong. It all started okay, then it would appear some doubt set in; every time Mortimer flew towards David’s predecessor, he would go ‘oh my god!’ and throw the chicken leg at Mortimer and dodge aside. Can you imagine what this must have looked like from the audience’s perspective! He was wearing a microphone as well, and all his exclamations were amplified through the PA system, and bouncing off the castle wall. It ended off with an ‘Oh my god, Wulf please help me. She’s trying to kill me!’ We were all doubled up helpless with laughter. I went out, and Mortimer came to me good as gold. Needless to say, David’s predecessor from then on in kept a healthy distance between him and Mortimer!
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