Team Members

Veronica Hare

Veronica Hare

Human

Homo sapiens

Veronica Hare is the owner of the Raptor Centre and all the birds within it.

Ronnie

Ronnie

Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

This little bird, found mostly in North and South America, is different to most other owls – whilst other owls are active only at night, a burrowing owl hunts during the day, too.

Nova

Nova

Ural Owl

Strix uralensis

Found in the forests of colder regions, the Ural Owl has a round head, no ear-tufts, and a long tail with a wedge-shaped tip. These owls pair for life, and may be heard singing duets with their mates during courtship.

Maleficent

Maleficent

African Fish Eagle

Haliaeetus vocifer

Ludo

Ludo

Ferruginous Hawk

Buteo regalis

Ferruginous Hawks are found on the Western side of North America, and are the largest member of the Hawk family. Due to their extremely wide mouths, they often swallow their food whole.

Harvey

Harvey

Hybrid Falcon

Falco cherrug/Falco rusticolus

This Hybrid Falcon is a cross between the two largest falcons in the world. The Gyr X Saker can range in colour from dark brown to a beautiful blond. The Gyr Falcon is especially prized by Arab falconers.

Chestnut

Chestnut

Aplomado Falcon

Falco femoralis

Found in the grasslands and deserts of South America, these birds have been found living at altitudes of over 3,500 metres in the Andes Mountain range. They have been known to work together in pairs to catch their prey.

Laura Mason

Laura Mason

Human

Homo sapiens

Laura is the newest member of staff at the Raptor Centre. Coming from a career in Theatre, working with wild animals has only been a small adjustment

Hob-Nob

Hob-Nob

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

The Tawny Owl is primarily found in woodlands across Eurasia. They usually nest in tree holes in order to protect their eggs and young from predators, and are often seen as an omen of bad luck.

Frik

Frik

Bengalese Eagle-owl

Bubo bengalensis

The Bengalese Eagle-Owl, also known as the Indian Eagle-Owl or the Rock Eagle-Owl, primarily hunts medium to large rodents, though they have also been known to tackle prey as large as a peafowl.

Rags

Rags

Bateleur

Terathopius ecaudatus

The Bateleur is the most famous of the snake eagles, found throughout Sub-Sarahan African in tree and bush Savannah. Bateleur means “tightrope-walker” in French, and this name was probably chosen because of this bird’s distinctive aerial acrobatics.

Inca

Inca

Red-Backed Hawk

Geranoaetus polyosoma

These South American birds of prey are also known as Variable Hawks due to their highly variable plumage. More than 27 distinct adult plumages have been identified – possibly more than in any other bird of prey.

Aasha

Aasha

Lugger Falcon

Falco jugger

Lugger Falcons are found in the Indian Subcontinent in dry, open woodland. Their numbers are in severe decline with only an estimated 15,000 individual birds left in the wild.

Vesper

Vesper

Red-Footed Falcon

Falco vespertinus

Cowboy

Cowboy

Western Screech Owl

Megascops kennicottii

A small, nocturnal owl that lives in old cottonwood trees in the forests, shrublands and rural fields of North and Central America. It is identifiable by its unique screech, which is often mistaken for a horse’s whinny.

Whisper

Whisper

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

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Twizzle

Twizzle

Gymnogene

Polyboroides typus

Found throughout most of Sub-Saharan Africa, these birds have double-jointed legs, which help them grab small prey from narrow spots such as holes in trees.

Jax

Jax

Common Buzzard

Buteo buteo

Morgana

Morgana

Harris’s Hawk

Parabuteo unicinctus

Harris’s Hawks are found in North and Central America and are raptors with fairly long tails. They fly on broad, rounded wings. Females weigh nearly twice as much as males.

Fidget

Fidget

Lanner Falcon

Falco biarmicus

The Lanner Falcon is a medium-sized falcon that breeds in North Africa, South East Europe, the Middle East and as far east as India. A large falcon, it preys on birds and bats.

The Raptor Centre

Est. 1977