WRENS held their first event of 2016 on Sunday at Wrenthorpe Village Hall which was filled to capacity by lots of children with adults to see a presentation by the Wise Owl Birds of Prey display team.
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In his opening remarks, Chair for the event Charles Cantillon briefly outlined the aims of WRENS to develop interest in the environment within the local community together with a general outline of the programme for the afternoon. The audience was encouraged to make donations at this free event all of which would be to support the preservation costs of Wise Owls. The stage was then left open for Wise Owls to fill in the details, and they began by introducing the five birds that they had brought along.
The first three birds;
followed by the barn owl and Harris Hawk.The owls drew admiring gasps from the audience; the hawk however looked less impressive apart from its size. That is until it opened its wings and its tail.
Wise Owls then held an informative discussion with the children present on facts about owls before an interval for coffee, tea and buns. Pictures of the birds were available on small tables with colouring pencils and crayons.
After the short break and the drawing of the raffle we were entertained by a wonderful flying display of the full length of the hall. Birds in flight are difficult to photograph at the best of times; indoors in a crowded environment it is almost impossible. There were some impressive telescopic lenses in the hall so if you have any better pictures we would be pleased to include them.
The small owl and barn owl also took part in the flying display.
Unfortunately the small owl was too small to photograph in flight and the barn owl blotted its copybook on one occasion by landing on the cameraman.
Finally Wise Owls encouraged all the children to come and be photographed holding the birds.