October 2, 2019 - Falconing at Ashford

Today is going to be a big day... One of the other main reasons we chose to go to Ireland (and specifically Ashford)...


We're at the falconry - and we find Milly, the bird that Jill flew back in 2009.


Ella starts getting her instructions - and she is super excited!


Finally holding her hawk.



She loves animals so much... this is a real treat.


Ready to go on our hawk walk!


Learning to fly her hawk...



...and learning to catch.
("Be a good tree, Ella.")


Oddly, another hawk got away from another group, so we rounded it up.



We very briefly ended up with three hawks...



One of the hawks perches atop a guard tower.


Another on a bush.


It is so cool just watching them fly off, then fly back.


What a great forest!






By now, I forgot how to pronounce this, but this is one that we flew.


Then we get a bit of a surprise... We get to hang out with an owl.


We get to hold him


and even fly him!





What a great day of birding.