Our Flying Team

Our Flying Team

Poppy
Poppy
Harris Hawk

Poppy is an imprint Harris Hawk so this means we have reared her from 14 days old and now she basically thinks that she’s a human. When she’s not soaring on the thermals or dashing out from the trees to greet you, you’ll probably find her trying to untie our shoe laces and steal our bracelets! Although Poppy is super friendly around people, she is most certainly a force to be reckoned with out in the field – Poppy has shown herself to be an incredible hunter and has even managed to take and hold a Goose! Poppy has also starred in a music video for We Are The Ocean along with Logan our Eagle owl.

Bramble
Bramble
Kestrel

We’re so happy to have such a beautiful little Kestrel in our flying team – Bramble is a male Kestrel so when he matures, he’ll have a stunning blue head and tail with a bright chestnut coloured back. Bramble was only hatched this spring so he has a little time before he matures but already he is showing what a top quality little bird he is. Bramble is now flying on experience days as well as demonstrations and he likes to go up into the trees surrounding the flying arena and swoop out to a gloved hand. We are teaching him how to hover too so his training will continue over the winter period ready for a show stopping new season in 2017.

Major
Major
Harris Hawk

Another 2016 addition to the Harris Hawk cast is Major – a young male who is coming along leaps and bounds within the Coda Falconry centre. After his summer training, Major is now up and running (flying!) and we will continue to work with both him and Rico out in the field this season to really grow the youngsters confidence. We’re hoping that Major will be a good demonstration and experience day bird so watch this space!

Sybil
Sybil
Peregrine x Lanner Falcon

You my well hear Sybil as soon as you walk into the Coda Falconry centre! Being a very young imprint (hand reared) falcon, she does like to get attention from anyone that walk past her. Sybil is a powerful and fast flying young lady and she has now started chasing the lure on demonstrations at the farm so you can see her in action as she swoops across the flying arena from some very dizzy heights. With a bit of maturity on her side, Sybil will make an outstanding display falcon and we’re really looking forward to seeing her progress as she grows in confidence and ability. It will also be nice when she decides to be quieter!

Rico
Rico
Harris Hawk

Rico is Poppy’s little brother in age and size! He was hatched in 2016 and has been hand reared by the Coda team from a young age. Rico is definitely the clown of the group and has to be kept entertained between flying otherwise he will get up to all sorts of mischief. He is a very intelligent and fast learning hawk who is already a part of our experience days and demonstrations and it looks like he has inherited his sisters love for chasing things out in the field. With a little guidance from his older cast members and continuation of his training, Rico will be an absolutely dynamite little hawk for many years to come.

Griffin
Griffin
Harris Hawk

Our lovely Griffin is now coming up to 14 years old and is a very talented young man indeed. Reliable, gentle and extremely intelligent, Griffin is sure to win you over with his fast flights out of the trees and his famous “trick” that he learnt to do which involves catching his food in mid-flight over the heads of his adoring crowds.

Freya
Freya
Snowy Owl

Such a special young lady joined the Coda Falconry team in 2015 – Freya is a young Snowy Owl who has excelled in her demonstration work and experience days since joining us as a young owlet. One of only a handful of Snowy Owls in the country who can fly to the gloved hand, Freya will be an integral part of our Owl Encounter experience days and demonstration work throughout the coming years. Snowy owls are stunning, powerful predators found in the Arctic Circle (Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia) and are one of the largest owl species in the world. Don’t miss out on seeing this rare and incredible bird at Lee Valley Park Farm.

Dizzy
Dizzy
Barn Owl

Here at Coda Falconry, we are extremely fortunate to have been blessed with Dizzy who is the daughter of our breeding pair of barn owls. The Coda team have raised Dizzy since she was 3 days old and there’s simply nothing that she won’t do to a high standard.

Our leading ring bearer, experience day and public demonstration bird, Dizzy is a very hard worker and absolutely stunning to fly and photograph. When you handle her, you’ll fall in love with her too.

Nelson
Nelson
Golden Eagle

A most magnificent addition to the Coda Falconry team for 2015 is our stunning Golden Eagle, Nelson. He is a young male who’s just over a year old and already showing the beautiful gold markings on his nape that give this native species it’s name. Nelson is on loan to us from Ecoguard Pest Solutions Ltd and his owner takes him out hunting during the winter which allows him to have a nice summer holiday at Lee Valley Park Farm until the hunting season opens again.

Logan aka “Lord Logan”
Logan aka “Lord Logan”
Eurasian Eagle Owl

We had no idea what a little ball of mischief we were buying when we picked Logan up at 6 weeks old….he was completely adorable but incredibly stubborn even at that tender age! Now he’s an amazingly handsome adult and adored by anyone who comes into contact with him. He has worked as part of the Animal Therapy groups and visited patients in hospital and has even delivered wedding rings as part of a truly beautiful ceremony so Logan has proved himself to be a very patient and versatile character indeed. I did have to rescue to him from a tree once though as he’s slightly afraid of heights!

Kami
Kami
Common Buzzard

A very impressive native species of ours – Kami the common buzzard was bought from a local breeder and we have raised her from 2 weeks old. She has really blossomed over the summer and is now flying free to enthralled guests and general public alike. Kami is a favourite on our photography experience days where she shows off her beautiful plumage and astonishing camouflage against the English countryside. We’re really looking forward to working with Kami more extensively throughout 2015 and watching her mature into a soaring adult.

Blue
Blue
Lanner Falcon

From a cute ball of fluff to a sky rocket in just a few months….that’s our Blue! We have imprinted (hand reared) this little Lanner falcon from 2 weeks old and he is another new addition to the Coda Falconry flying team for 2015. Now at just over 4 months old, Blue has taken to the skies and can now be seen on our flying demonstrations swooping, stooping and hurling himself through the air trying to catch the lure. You’ll also hear him as soon as you walk into the centre!

Frost
Frost
Tawny Owl

Fast becoming a favourite with our photographers, members of the public and staff alike, little Frost is a vocal and loving member of our flying team. He is coming up to 3 years old and has mastered the skies – Frost loves to swoop out from the trees that surround the flying arena. Frost is popular on our experience days and can be flown as part of our Owl Encounter. After meeting him once, you’ll be hooked forever!

Star
Star
Saker Falcon

We’ve been having a lot of fun flying this beautiful falcon – she is on loan to us from Ecoguard Pest Solutions Ltd and is helping out with all the offsite pest control work that we do. Star is a very powerful and large falcon – Saker falcons are a widespread species across the world ranging from Eastern Europe, Asia, Mongolia and China. Sadly, due to illegal egg theft from nest sites, the Saker falcon is now endangered in the wild.

Taru
Taru
Asian Brown Wood Owl

When Taru first came to us, she was very untrusting of humans as she’d not had a lot of human contact for a while so we had our work cut out for us. Emily then stepped up to the mark and worked hard manning Taru on the glove, bonding with her and then finally once that trust was solid, Emily started her flying training. Taru is now flying free and is the most adorable owl, she will snuggle into you when she sits on the glove and does the most amazing dance moves before she launches herself into the air! We’re really pleased to have her at Coda Falconry and we’re sure audiences will love her as much as we do.

Tuco
Tuco
Harris Hawk

Hatched in the summer of 2016, Tuco is Poppy and Rico’s little brother however, unlike them little Tuco was parent reared as opposed to imprinted. So that means he was raised by his own parents until he was 4 months old.  He is a very intelligent and fast learning hawk however, he can show a very stubborn side so it’s important to get his weight right! Tuco is showing a lot of promise flying in a cast with our other parent reared Harris Hawk, Vega and we think they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with out in the field.

Loki
Loki
Raven

The most intelligent bird we have in our collection is our Raven who we called Loki after the Norse God of mischief and trickery – boy does he live up to his name! When he’s working on display or within our flying arena, Loki never fails to entertain the crowds by demonstrating just how good his memory and ability to learn is. We’ve even managed to teach him how to play the xylophone to signal that he wants more food! Here at Coda Falconry, you can have the rare chance of seeing Britain’s largest member of the crow family up close and personal, flying free and trying to out-wit us!

Yuri
Yuri
Steppe Eagle

New to our feathered family this year is this very handsome young man – meet Yuri the Steppe Eagle. His name in Russian means “The Light of God” so we’re hoping that our newest eagle can dazzle the crowds with his shining personality and impressive flying skills! With just over a 6ft wingspan and weighing in at over 5lbs, Yuri is unmistakeable on demonstration and is the largest member of our flying team. He is only 3 years old and so he has a lot of maturing to do with us (Steppe Eagles can live to over 40 years old in captivity!) but he is now flying free and building up fitness for the coming 2018 season.

Fortune
Fortune
Red-Tailed Buzzard

Arguably, the start of Coda Falconry, Fortune is a full on hunting bird of prey. He was purchased from a phenomenal raptor breeder in Tiptree who has since become a very good friend of ours and there’s a very special place in our heart for Fortune as he was the first bird we purchased when we started up the centre. Fortune is a machine, he loves catching rabbits and grey squirrels and during the autumn and winter months, he excels in what he does…..soaring on thermals, diving out of the sky after his prey and sitting next to us on a picnic rug whilst we have a quick cup of tea!

Otis
Otis
Sunda Scops Owl

Aren’t we lucky? We have one of the rarest species of owls in captivity in the UK right here at Coda Falconry! Not only that but Otis is a local celebrity, he’s gentle, loves to be handled and is a staple of all our experience days and Public Demonstrations. You may well have met our little Otis before but if not, you will never forget your encounter with him – at only 4.5 oz and standing at a whopping 6 inches tall, Otis is one of our smallest team members but without a doubt his character and warm, loving nature make him one of the biggest characters too.

Dusk
Dusk
Barn Owl

Dusk is another one of the barn owls that we bred here at Coda Falconry. He is Dizzy’s younger brother (by a whopping 5 days!) and he is really blossoming here at Lee Valley Park Farm. Dusk has a very shy personality but is incredibly gentle around people and is beginning to find his wings in our flying arena. Dusk has just started to help his sister “Dizzy” out when it comes to weddings and will be our second barn owl to be trained to deliver the rings as part of the main wedding ceremony.

Vega
Vega
Harris Hawk

I think of all the harris hawks that we’ve ever raised (parent reared or imprinted), Vega has been the one who has surprised us the most. When he arrived, I was surprised at just how large he was – mix that with his very dark colouration and Vega certainly seemed like a menacing creature to look at! His nature however, couldn’t have been further from that image. Vega has a very gentle, quiet personality and he was one of the easiest Harris hawks that we’ve ever trained. In a few weeks he was flying free and now he works hard on experience days, woodland walks and will be a main demonstration bird for our 2017 shows.

Misty
Misty
Great Grey Owl

Misty is now coming up to 5 months old and it’s always incredible to me just how quickly young owls mature. Great grey owls live in cold, mountain forests so their unique, all grey camouflage allows them to disappear against the backdrop of frozen trees in their native homelands. Their huge facial disk allows them to hear rodents under the snow so they are extremely stealthy, silent predators. Misty is a beautiful young lady and is very shy however, she is also extremely affectionate with her trainers and will close her eyes readily anticipating a head massage after her flying training has ended. We are hoping that Misty will be on demonstration in Spring 2018 but due to the Great Grey’s reclusive personality, we will go at her pace.

Pearl (Aka: Burb)
Pearl (Aka: Burb)
Barn owl

Something special decided to spring into our lives this year – just when we thought our breeding pair “Whisper & Spook” were too old to breed any more owlets…. they produced Pearl. Not only that, but Pearl is a stunner both in looks and personality – she is so gentle and actively seeks out human attention. At only 6 months old, Pearl has already accomplished so much: she is now a regular on our flying demonstrations, she has completed her first woodland walk where she flew to guests after navigating through the branches of the dense forest as part of our experience days and she has done her first ring delivery rehearsal! We are looking forward to watching her bloom as an adult and continue her amazing progress as an exceptional demonstration bird.