Birds of prey are a hit in Port Solent for kids club

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EAGLES, a falcon and an owl were family favourites at Port Solent yesterday.

As part of its summer kids club, Port Solent invited falconry experts to the marina to entertain families.

HAWK Head falconer John Picton with Bullett the perlin ' a cross between a peregrine falcon and a merlin ' and Emily Pike, 11. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132184-077)

HAWK Head falconer John Picton with Bullett the perlin ' a cross between a peregrine falcon and a merlin ' and Emily Pike, 11. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132184-077)

Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre, based in Ringwood, spent the afternoon putting on demonstrations.

They had eight birds of prey including a white-headed vulture, tawny eagle, hawk owl and a kestrel.

John Picton, head falconer at the centre, said: ‘We always get a lot of interest from families and the children.

‘The dads like the fast birds and the big eagles, everyone loves an owl and everyone, funnily enough, comments on our vulture.

‘Everyone thinks they have a bad reputation but when you see our vulture, it’s absolutely stunning so it is something a little bit different to other shows.’

There were two demonstrations during the afternoon.

Tori Caines and her niece Emily Pike were having breakfast when they saw the show.

Tori, from Southampton, said: ‘Emily loves birds of prey so this was a nice surprise for her.

‘She’s loved it.’

Port Solent has got a number of activities going on throughout the summer.

Lisa Fowler, events co-ordinator, said: ‘Our kids club has been really successful and families have enjoyed it.’