On Thursday 21 October Langdon Hospital had a visit from Julie from The Devon Bird of Prey Centre. She brought along Mozart the Siberian Eagle Owl and Maverick the Mexican Harris Hawk. Over the two hours that they were visiting, around 50 people, staff and patients, flocked to the outside area to see the birds.
Mosa Bluejay, Occupational Therapy Assistant, said: "Everyone was given the opportunity to handle the birds and pose for a picture alongside them. Julie talked participants through how they were cared for on a day to day basis at The Centre and explained how they would survive and hunt in the wild.
"Mozart wooed the group with his soft hoot, friendly nature and tendency to show off his impressive wingspan, he was forgiven for his insistence not to show his face to the camera, even if it meant some people didn’t get a photo with his striking orange eyes. Maverick could not have acted more relaxed and at ease, he basked in the afternoon sun and happily ruffled his feathers between being handled by various people. He did try to fly off at one point when he spotted what he thought could be some small prey, but he was easily distracted back to the crowd, plus, he didn’t get far attached to his tether.
"This is one of many visits we have had from Devon Birds of Prey and we are eager to continue engagement with them in the future."
If you would like to visit the birds yourself, they are located on the outskirts of Newton Abbot, next to Fermoys Garden Centre.