Over the Easter break - we ventured out to
visit Rievaulx Abbey - in North Yorkshire.
Founded in 1132 , it was one of the first cistercian
abbey`s in the North of England .
We also found out that a medieval falconry display
was being held there - so we stopped for 2 of
the displays ! ;o)
I found this old photo - from around 1850 -
of the inside presbytery with the altar stone
These looking down the opposite way today .
We had 20 minutes before the falconry display began
and i was excited about this . I want to have a go
myself at this , and found out , that the birds do not form an
emotional attatchment to their owners and petting them is not
the right thing to do . It was a husband and wife team with commentary
and various species of birds , including a Harris hawk , brown owl
and a kestrel . These are my best photo`s - which i`m pleased with
as i used my longer lens and you usually need a tripod for
stability and i forgot it !
My favourite - the brown owl ..