A WONDERFUL MEMORY

I have forever it seems been interested, no, fascinated in wild life, as a child I would walk for miles over hill and dale, through the fields and woods loosing myself amongst the beauty and wonder of it all.
This childhood fascination I carry with me to this day.
 
 
We all have images from our past that have such a impression on our young minds, that it becomes impossible to forget.
I have such a image in my mind that I would like to share with you.
 
 
PICTURE THIS.
 
 
I am about seven years old and climbing through a Dutch barn full of bails of straw, it was a favourite place that I enjoyed visiting, usually during school dinner time.
The barn was but a ten minute walk or a brisk five minute run from my school.
On the day in question I had climbed to the very top of the straw cliff face and stood looking down at the barn floor covered in loose straw,
it felt like I had just climbed the Matterhorn.
 
I clawed my way across the top of the bails to the side of the barn where I could see a chink of light that shone through a gap created by two bails that had not been stacked correctly. I made the gap larger with my hand and could see my school and all the children playing in the playground.
 
Suddenly, as if from nowhere appeared before my unbelieving eyes a hovering female Kestrel Hawk, not 18 inches from my nose, she looked at me I blinked at her and she was gone.
 
I ran back to school just in time for lessons but could not concentrate on anything but what I had just been privileged to witness.
The Kestrel must have mistaken my hand for a mouse and came to investigate further.
 
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That image I can see today just as clearly as the day I first saw it, I believe it was just that amazing meeting between myself and the feathered predator that lead to a life long love for the killers with the curved beaks.
Hawks, Falcons, Eagles and Owls, they became my favourite types of birds, my absolute favourite you will not be surprised to learn is the magnificent
 
PERIGRINE FALCON.
 
 
This bird is the perfect flying machine and during a stoop can achieve speeds of over 200 miles a hour.
This bird is phenomenal its aquatic equivalent must be the great white shark, this bird is the great white of the clouds.
He moves through the air with long powerful wings, he shall rise so high among the clouds the human eye can not detect him, while he circles the sky’s searching for his quarry with eyes so keen and sharp.
 
Spotting his prey he shall begin his stoop with wings tightly closed cutting through the air like a bullet,
from out of the blue a great whooshing sound can be heard as this great bird almost defies the laws of nature by reaching these amazing speeds.
 As he thunders earthwards totally zoomed in on his quarry and with a slight adjustment to his tail and wing feathers, “BANG” dinner is served.
 

ONE HELL OF A BIRD.

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You can safely assume from the above that I would have loved to become a falconer,
to once more see the Kestrel hovering but inches from my nose.

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THE KESTREL IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE “WINDHOVER”

YOU CAN NOT TAME THESE BIRDS

THE ONLY REASON THEY COME BACK TO THE GLOVE

IS BECAUSE THEY ARE HUNGRY.

FLY A FALCON WITH A FULL STOMACHE AND YOU SHALL

LOOSE HER.

25 responses to “A WONDERFUL MEMORY

  1. liebe gruesse zum wochenend von jasmin damaro

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  2. What a wonderful story Kenny and so vividly and brilliantly told. I’m not surprised in made such an impression on you. Really enjoyed this post as I am a bird lover too. We have Red Kites fly over daily, swooping down to neighbours yards. They were reintroduced a few years ago in a nearby village and now we have the privilege of seeing them so often. They are stunning. Lots of love Kenny, beautiful and memorable post xxxxx

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    • Pleased you like it Ruth. Yes the red kite is a success story. But I see them more as a scavenger than a predator, taking nothing away from their beauty !!! Lots of love to you too Ruth.. Take care xxxxxx

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  3. Reblogged this on ~~~ " KENNY 2 DOGS " ~~~ and commented:

    Life happens so fast we only see it, as it is disappearing !!!

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  4. Hi my favourite English dreamer,what a great experience!!!!!!!!I love nature and animals.lots of love.xxx.By the way,could you tell me yor moment, seeing a wet swimming costume?hahahaha.take care.xxx

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  5. Good, nothing ventured, nothing gained :-)

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  6. Sarah.My life has been full of very precious moments, the latest being, seeing a pretty pink wet swimming costume. BTW. it said hello 😉

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  7. What a wonderful experience, thank you for sharing such a precious moment. xx

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  8. pleased you enjoyed Timid one. it was indeed a wonderful experience for a young boy. That is the reason I use a hovering kestrel hawk as my profile pic. I know it is a male hovering and the one I saw was female. But what the heck. i like it.

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  9. Hello Kenny was snouting around Cherno’s space and being a nosey, curious wolf I chanced across the link and found my wolfie-self on this blog page. And wow! What a cool blog it is! A great read with a real heart of feeling and what a wonderful experience. Like nature was reaching out to you acknowledging your love of it. Falcon/Hawk as Animal Totem/Spirit Guide; Awareness. Teller of truths. To see beyond the masks. Messenger. Able to move between the seen and unseen world. Prophetic Insight. Clear vision. United with the Great Spirit. The messenger, it awakens our vision and inspires us to a creative life purpose :))

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  10. I loved to play in barns as a lass, but my favorite was roaming the wood of the Pacific NW with my dog Puff, half husky and half samoyed.  He was always there for me, but he was indifferent to the nettles and would dive right in expecting me to follow.  A few stings and after that I led the way.  It was a blast playing on the beach as well, jellyfish fights were fun, and seaweed fights.  I agree about the raptors as well.  Awesome to watch the Bald Eagles and Golden Hawks hunt.
    Blessed be.

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  11. Coffee With Kate

    Good Morning Kenny, Just thought I would let you know that we have loads of sunshine today and for the rest of the week. Are you almost jealous?

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  12. Hi Kenny
     
    What a wonderful blog chilhood memories are so vivid it sounds as if you had a super carefree childhood.   Beautiful pictures too
     
    Hope you are not to wet up there in the North!  I predict better weather towards the middle of July – well we have got to have some sunshine sometime
     
    Love suki x

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  13. Hello Kenny, thankyou for your Canada day wishes. I spent the weekend at my cabin by the ocean.  I love being there, away from the city and the noises that go with it. 
     Yes I have heard about your weather and also the horrible attacks.  I am very grateful to live where I do but they warn us not to be too smug.  Anywhere in the world is fair game I guess, very scary.  As for you, stay dry and stay safe my friend. xx

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  14. Afternoon Kenny. A great memory to treasure. Birds of prey have to be one of my favourites. I used to spend many hours as a kid, silently walking the local woods, eyes gazing upward, searching out the birds in the trees. Memories.
    Like you, I have a great love of nature. I can spend hours taking in the beauty of a simple spinney, so much to see, if we just open our eyes.
    Enjoy the rest of the day. Guess what? It’s raining  :)

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  15. Coffee With Kate

    Good Morning, quickly passing by to say hello and now off to get on with my busy day. take care and enjoy your week ahead.

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  16. Thanks Kenny, Your kind words say alot, even the ones that you left for another time mean alot.
    Less is more is right and pain and loss can in fact bring a person to their knees I agree with you whole heartedly. :) Your visit today was a welcome one , very much so.
    Lisa   and Kenny Deep Peace to you also.

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  17. GREAT blog to share – thank you for that.
    I have a thing about OWLS so understand your feelings completely.  All these hawks are so special for us….you and me.
    Take care
    love
    Dusty
    x
     

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  18. Kenny,
     
    What an incredable blog . I soaked it all up with you in the barn right to  the majestic bird. I too love the big brids as I call them , Hawk. Owl. Eagles. They are gracefull.  This is written with so much spirt into .
     Thanks for sharing this. Nature, Gods wonders are indeed incredable and i too love it.
    Hope your week has been good so far and hope you dont starve and yes I care if you do lol.
    Bye for now from Canada.
    Thinking about you and Deep  Peace of the Running Wave to You Kenny. And the PHotos in this Blog are Perfectly done . !! :) :)
    Lisa       xx
     

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  19. Hello my lovely friend,
     
            Well what can i say what a "WONDERFUL"blog loved it thank you for sharing .
     I hope you and your family are keeping well , hows your pets doing ?
    Well havent we had our fare share of rain but i must say everything looks so green and beautiful and clean.
     hoe you have a lovl week take care love fom Shelly xxx
     

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  20. Coffee With Kate

    Good Morning to you,
    What a nice little childhood cameo. I know the peregrine falcon very well and I would I have to say have been thrilled to enjoy such an experience.
    Thanks for the hugs.
    Take care, keep dry and keep your boat close at hand.

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  21. Hi Kenny, I share your fascination with wildlife and nature and love nothing more than going for a walk along the seashore or in the wooded hills.  It just makes me so feel in tune with the spiritual side of myself.  Thanks for sharing thoughts and these photos, they are wonderful

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  22. Hi Kenny,
    they are indeed awesome .. what a great memory.. face to face.. eye to eye with such a magnificent creature.. does take ones breath away that is for sure.. thank you for sharing wonderful and special memory with us..
    hope your day is just as inspiring as this memory was..
    be well.. soft hugs always ~Hope

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