In just over a decade, I've handled raptors in three countries, met and studied with some of the world's pre-eminent living masters, (Alan Gates, Terry Large, Andy Hinton and Jemima Parry-Jones among them), taken our feathered-companions onto sets encompassing nearly every form of entertainment medium, (still waiting to bite into a motion-capture opportunity!), and introduced our evolving "Team Feathers" to thousands of school-children and young-adults.
Presenting raptors to broad audiences through the mediums of film and television is, frankly, a huge rush.
Its thrilling to think someone, somewhere could witness a member of “Team Feathers” in action (quite literally), and become so fascinated by discovering what kind of bird they’ve just seen they’d dash to a computer (or even better, a book!), and pore over photos and articles until they found images of a Red Tail, or a Peregrine, or…you get the idea.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. …Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in i…