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FAMILIES flocked to a birds of prey demonstration at Portsmouth City Museum.

Hawks, kestrels, a falcon and a vulture were the stars of the show put on by staff from Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre at Ringwood.

Konnie the Indian Tawny Eagle. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142536-2)

Konnie the Indian Tawny Eagle. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142536-2)

The feathered wonders flew around the garden at the back of the museum, occasionally perching in a roped-off area in front of hundreds of rapt parents and children.

Seven-year-old Oscar Reeve, of Southsea, was there with his family.

He said: ‘I like the Harris hawks because of how they talk to each other, and I think the kestrel is cute.’

His mum Rebecca said: ‘I love it when the museum opens up for holiday events. It’s great to see a bit of wildlife close up.’

27/8/14''Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre birds of prey display at the Portsmouth City Museum, pictured is Konnie an Indian Tawny Eagle.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142536-3)

27/8/14''Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre birds of prey display at the Portsmouth City Museum, pictured is Konnie an Indian Tawny Eagle.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142536-3)

The centre’s head falconer John Picton, 28, said people often had the wrong idea of birds such as vultures.

He said: ‘A lot of people think of them as just big killing machines, but they’re not. If vultures disappeared our ecosystem would collapse. They help keep the world in balance.’