Our Flying Team

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 a familiar part of our experience days and demonstrations and it looks like he has inherited his sisters love for chasing things out in the field.

Griffin
Griffin
Harris Hawk

Our lovely Griffin is now coming up to 18 years old and is a very talented gentleman 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.

Poppy
Poppy
Harris Hawk

Poppy is the “Alpha Female” of our Harris hawk cast – she tells all the males what to do and is very much the boss! As well as demonstration and experience day work, Poppy is used on pest control contracts and hunting experience days so she is an extremely versatile hawk. Poppy is an “imprint” harris hawk which means she was hand reared by humans and despite the fact she brings down geese in the field behind us, she is very friendly towards people. You can see Poppy in various music videos and short films too as her calm nature makes her absolutely perfect for film/tv work.

Freya
Freya
Snowy Owl

Such a special young lady joined the Coda Falconry team in 2015 – Freya is a 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 for weddings and a very popular face on our experience days and public demonstrations, Dizzy is a very hard worker and absolutely stunning to fly and photograph. Dizzy has appeared in many film, tv and magazine articles for huge names including Ted Baker and performances by Band of Skulls.

Orion
Orion
Peregrine Falcon

A most magnificent addition to the Coda Falconry team for 2020 is our stunning Peregrine falcon, Orion. At only 7 months old, Orion is already trained to fly free and chase the “lure” as part of flying demonstrations and he is a very well mannered and fast member of the team! Peregrine falcons live wild where we the centre is based and it’s so thrilling to see them stoop out of the sky onto their unsuspecting prey. Peregrine falcons can reach speeds of over 200mph which makes them the fastest living things on our planet. It’s lovely to have our largest, native falcon as part of the Coda Falconry team and we are looking forward to seeing him develop in the year to come.

Logan
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.

Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and Squeak
Burrowing Owls

We have two, very small and demanding new members of the team for 2020 – meet Bubble and Speak our adorable Burrowing owls! So called because they like to live underground and will either dig or steal burrows in order to do this. They are brothers and, like most siblings they squabble but they also wouldn’t be without each other. We often see them huddling together when they go to sleep and they are such characters when we let them fly free together. This is because, Burrowing owls are colony birds and prefer the comfort and security of having their own species around them. Burrowing owls are native to America and can be found in the grasslands and desert areas of North and South America. They were nicknamed the “howdy” birds by cowboys who settled in America due to their habit of ‘bobbing’ when you get to close to them – it appeared to the humans passing them that they were tipping their hats and saying hello! We also think they are saying hello to us all day as Bubble and Squeak are constantly chatting away and will run over gleefully if you pass their aviary! Look out for Bubble and Squeak on our displays and experience days.

Storm
Storm
Peregrine x Gyr x Barbary Falcon

Storm is our main pest control falcon – he is extremely fast and loves to tear around the landfills where he can deter many species of gulls and other pest creatures. Storm is a young falcon and we have recently been training him to chase the lure too – he is becoming a wonderful display falcon and made his debut appearance at Hedingham Castle in 2019.

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 6 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 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! Fortune has now started to be more sociable and we are flying him to our guests as part of our experience days too.

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 has really blossomed 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.

Teo
Teo
Aplomado Falcon

New to our falcon team is our “Teo” – he’s an Aplomado Falcon which is a small species of falcon found throughout South America. The name “Aplomado” comes from the Spanish word “Plomo” which means lead and this refers to their beautiful, dark grey colouring on the back of the bird. Aplomado falcons are extremely fast and acrobatic and we are currently training little Teo to chase a lure so he will be one of our demonstration falcons for the new season.

Merlot
Merlot
Red Kite

Another youngster who joined the team in 2018 is our Red Kite, “Merlot” – The red kite is common throughout the UK and you can see them soaring effortlessly in the sky showing off their beautiful forked tails. Merlot is now flying free and is learning how to soar, we are excited at his progress and will be looking forward to using him in experience days and demonstrations throughout the new season.

Misty
Misty
Great Grey Owl

Misty is our female Great Grey Owl – this species is found in North America, Canada and Northern Europe. Despite her large size, she actually weighs very little as her feathers are super soft and insulating so most of the bird that you can see is all feather! Misty is flown to guests as part of our Owl Encounter experience when Freya the Snowy Owl is having her summer break.

Vega
Vega
Harris Hawk

Vega is a young Harris Hawk who you may have met if you’ve come up for one of our half or full day falconry experiences as he does love to go on a woodland walk! Vega definitely isn’t a “hunting” bird and is far too lazy to bother going after anything bigger than a mouse but we are always impressed at how easily he makes diving out of trees look….he is manoeuvrable and intelligent so it’s always incredible seeing him in action trying to second guess our moves. Vega is a phenomenal experience day and display bird so look out for him when you come to visit!

Frost
Frost
Tawny Owl

A huge favourite on our Photography experiences, Frost the Tawny owl is a beautiful example of our most common species of owl. Tawny owls are found across the UK and are strictly nocturnal so it’s unlikely that you’ll see one in the wild but you may well hear them…..the characteristic “Twit-Twoo” song of a Tawny owl is well known across the world and can be heard more frequently in Spring and Summer as the owls are trying to attract a mate. You can meet Frost on many of our experience days and he is also a demonstration bird too – he won’t do anything quickly but he will get there in the end!

Solar
Solar
American Kestrel

Solar has just joined the Coda Falconry flying team and is a cracking little lad! He has been imprinted (hand reared) and has now found himself with us due to his previous owner moving away. Solar is only 3 years old and is bright, chatty and a favourite on our displays. Look out for him throughout 2019, he will joining the display team around the country in 2020.

Eclipse
Eclipse
Black Barn Owl

Eclipse is a 4 year old, Black barn owl. He is extremely special as the melanistic genetics that make him black only occur in 1 out of every 100,000 barn owls so they are rarely, if ever seen in the wild. We have been training him throughout the winter months and now he is part of our flying demonstrations and experience days at Lee Valley Park Farm and Hedingham Castle. Eclipse is also a firm favourite on our photography days all over the country.

Breeze
Breeze
Kestrel

Breeze is a beautiful, 8 month old Kestrel who was bred by Michael Cady who can always be trusted to deliver a healthy, genetically sound and well looked after bird! We have been working with Breeze over the winter months and he is starting to find his wings now. We have flown him free on displays and are hoping that he will become one of our popular demonstration and experience day birds.

Star
Star
Saker Falcon

We love Star – she’s our dependable, lazy old girl! Star is a Saker Falcon who’s now hitting old age but that doesn’t stop her from making jaw dropping flights and public display performances. Saker Falcons rarely stoop – she does and it really is something to see! Saker Falcons are the second largest species of falcon in the world and are sadly endangered in the wild. When she’s not chasing a lure, Star joins Storm out on pest control where she sits motionless for many, many hours!