Sweet 16 at bird centre

PUBLISHED: 14:10 06 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:58 06 May 2010

One of the birds in action

One of the birds in action

SIXTEEN vultures are the new flying stars at the English School of Falconry at Shuttleworth. The birds arrived three months ago from zoos in Europe and have been trained to all be in flight together making a spectacular aerial display. There are four spec

SIXTEEN vultures are the new flying stars at the English School of Falconry at Shuttleworth.

The birds arrived three months ago from zoos in Europe and have been trained to all be in flight together making a spectacular aerial display.

There are four species of the vulture at Shuttleworth. They are a mix of American black, hooded, white back and Reppells griffon vulture that have settled in well.

Emma Gooden, the head falconer at the centre which is open throughout the year except Christmas, said the big birds, which thrive on a diet of chicken and beef, are docile and easy to handle.

"We got the vultures in because we also like a challenge here with our birds," said Emma.

"They are all very sociable and fun to work with. We have been training them for several months and when they fly together they are very spectacular with their large wings, especially when they fly over an audience.

"So far they have all come back after their short flights so they are behaving themselves and enjoying life here."

The vultures take to the skies over Shuttleworth every day at 3pm from this weekend. For more information call the centre on 01767 627527.


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