Soar Like an Eagle
Last week I took some “me” time to go walking on the Isle of Wight. Halfway through the trip I gave my hiking boots a day off and took a ride of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. (http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/) I got off at the main station at Havenstreet and my love of birds of prey led me off in the direction of the Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre. (http://www.haven-falconry.co.uk/) I paid my admission and went to meet the birds. It was an interesting group of hawks, owls and even a couple of vultures. They were all in nice clean cages and clearly well fed. After half an hour, I finished communing with the birds and went to have a coffee at the Station café, where I waited for the bird of prey show to start.
I must admit I was rather dubious about this show. There were a handful of picnic tables around a rope-fenced area in a field between the train tracks and the Bird of Prey Centre. I wondered how tacky the show would be and possibly even how cruel.
The owner came out and started to tell us about his Centre and that in reality it is a rescue centre for birds of prey both in the UK and from overseas. As each of the birds came out he taught us about the species, their behaviour, their tastes and their status (were they going extinct?) In the “show” there was a Harris Hawk, a Barn Owl and three Black Kites. The Black Kites, who are very territorial, were flying freely. They did indeed come back when called but to watch them soar was breathtaking.
After a quick lunch back in the Station Café (which can be hired out for special events), I went back to watch the second show. OK, so I was a little impressed to say the least. The Bird of Prey Centre will bring their birds to your events so that your clients can get up close and personal with them. It is a great learning experience, spectacular to watch and a wonderful way to support a good cause.
Both the Bird of Prey Centre and the Isle of Wight steam railway are volunteer run. They are a fantastic example of repurposing venues. You can book a car or cars of the train, hold your meeting and a meal at the station café and then visit with the birds of prey. The Isle of Wight is 10 minutes by hovercraft from the mainland so it can even be done as a day out. (http://www.haven-falconry.co.uk/)
Soaring like a hawk is what we try to help you do with your business at Dezika. We make your life more “streamlined” so that you can spend your time hunting for new business rather than scavenging for your commission.
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