|Landing on a rock|
Robert raises quail to feed the falcons and to offset his costs he sells the quail eggs, a delicacy in some circles. The first time I volunteered I helped move around the quail from cage to cage. We took some of the quail to the mews (mews are the rooms that the falcons are kept in) and put them in to feed the falcons. At the end of my time there I went into one of the mews with a glove and a dead quail on my hand. The Peregrine Falcon flew to my hand and took the quail and began eating it.
|A falcon staring at the camera|
|Peregrine splashing in bath, the water|
pipe is in the backround
|juvenile peregrine eating quail|
|Me holding one of the juvenile peregrines|
|Peregrine falcon juvenile|
|Peregrine watching me|
The third time I went to Parkland Mews, Rob told me to skip a bit of the book so I could finish it off as this would be our last session for the year. He didn't really have anything for me to do so I read some of the book and took some pictures of the falcons. Rob gave us a half of an ice cream pail of quail eggs which tasted great boiled. I have been cooking them up in different ways and doing taste tests. Quail eggs have 3-4 times the nutritional value of chicken eggs, even though they are almost 3 times as small. Quail eggs are a specialty for the Chinese so he sells them to Chinese restaurants.
|A new display he's working on for the Manitoba|
Government, a peregrine chasing a duck
|Peregrines are such beautiful birds|
Great posts this week.
Feathers on Friday from Prairie Birder: http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/feathers-on-friday-100/#comments
Feathers on Friday from Bird Boy: http://www.birdboy.ca/feathers-on-friday/feathers-friday-2/