One was killed outright by flying into a smoked glass screen on the top of a nearby block of flats. After some time spent in a freezer, we eventually had her set up by a very skilled local taxidermist. It cost us £400.
|The taxidermist Chris Orgill admires his handiwork|
We use her regularly at events and talks.
The other female was injured to the point where she either had to be put down or kept for the rest of her life in captivity. The damage was to her shoulder and was irrrepairable. We decided to keep her alive mainly becasue we had an offer from someone to look after her.
The offer came from Colin Pass, a local falconer and photographer, and he has looked after her right up to last summer. So we owe a big dept of gratitude to Colin for taking such good care of 'Cathy' (he named her after the cathedral....).
|Cathy with Colin and youthful admirer, 2010|
Now of course she's five years old and in full adult plumage.....
|Photo of Cathy taken this year by Colin Pass|