Catching Owls at Dunrobin Castle

July 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Recently the family visited Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland, which is about an hours drive north of Inverness. We got there about lunchtime so I wandered around and took some pictures before the falconry display, which was due to start at 2pm. It is a great castle with lovely well maintained grounds.

Dunrobin CastleDunrobin CastleDunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland.

At 2pm we sat down on the lawn to watch the falconry display - it is the best that I have seen. The presenter had a Hawk that he had flying about and it flew around at speed, swooping in and skimming the heads of the audience; it was very impressive. This being Scotland though, it started to rain but the presenter carried on. He introduced an Owl and he explained that he had raised it from when it hatched. The rain was getting heavier so my brother-in-law David went to shelter underneath a tree. The presenter was running about and the Owl was flying after him. He saw David with his phone filming the display so he run behind David. The Owl flew straight towards David...

David caught this video - he had his phone on slow motion, so the Owl just seems to appear out of the audience flying straight towards him. The Owl's feet even clipped the phone as it went past... This is the closest I will ever get to seeing what a Mouse's last moments look like. I am glad that I am not a mouse!

Owl in FlightThis was taken by my brother in law on his iphone in slow motion at Dunrobin Castle Shortly after this video was taken the rain got very heavy and most people ran away - including the falconry display presenter! It was a great pity as it was an excellent display. We then ran away as well and sought shelter in the castle to see how the Lords and Ladies used to live. 

I dedicate this blog post to the memory of my Mother-in-law, Ericka, who was with us on this trip. You are sorely missed.


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