Sunday, 3 August 2014

Agricultural Show 2014

 There have been two events since I posted.  The Agricultural show and the Regatta.

Let's start with the Agri show.

The day was gorgeous!  Sun shining, mild breeze, lovely.  This year's visiting attraction was a birds of prey show.  They have many birds and take out the ones that do best in the season/weather.  So we had relatively hot climate birds visiting.

I caught the tail end (excuse the pun!) of the first display.  A bit of falcon and a fair bit about a vulture.  Turns out that when they're relaxed their faces are nearly grey, when they're excited/interested the head goes pink and when it goes purple they're about to throw up!  It's a defence mechanism; they throw up their tasty food and the birds chasing them stop to eat that while it gets away.
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The biggest bird there was this white tailed sea eagle.  I've seen a few of these beauties flying in the wild before, but never seen one so close.  Apparently she can be a bit grumpy.

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This is a young hand-reared black kite.  Nothing phased her, even when Madam Doglet tried to get a sniff!
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Another, mature, black kite:
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Indian Eagle Owl:
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Tawny Eagle:
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Harris Hawk:
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Falcon: (it's wearing a tail protector.  The podium can wear at the feathers, so they have this to protect them)
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Ofcourse, those weren't the only birds!  There were hens, cockerels, drakes and ducks.

These two were dozing off until the cockerel next to them decided to crow.

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These ones were getting a bit warm.
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That's about it photowise from the show.  I was distracted knitting an alpaca and then came home for a bit.  Oooh, but that's not the end of the show report!  Pippa and I got prizes!

I got a 1st for my knitted beret.  I wasn't planning to enter anything but then I saw beret and spent a couple of days knitting this one:
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Madam Doglet got 2nd in "golden oldie":
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She did very well at the show, I think the heat helped by keeping the arthritis at bay.

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