Birds of prey swoop in at Portsmouth City Museum

UP CLOSE A European eagle owl flies over a group of children at Portsmouth City Museum. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122817-107)
UP CLOSE A European eagle owl flies over a group of children at Portsmouth City Museum. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122817-107)

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IMPRESSIVE birds spread their wings to the delight of 680 dazzled spectators at Portsmouth City Museum.

The birds on display flew from perch to perch, swooped over children and even flew to the top of the museum building.

Martin Ballam, the handler from Xtreme Falconry, showed what the birds were capable of in a dramatic display.

Mr Ballam explained their behaviour as well as their looks, including demonstrating the attachment the birds have for their trainers.

When one hidden bird trainer appeared, the African White-Backed Vulture spread its wings and squawked to ward him off.

Gareth Brettell, events organiser at Portsmouth City Museum, said: ‘They were allowed to get pretty close - you could hear the whoops of delight.’

‘It was good to have an event for all the family.’