A Falconry display at Tintern Abbey

Last year we decided to visit Tintern Abbey a ruined Cistercian abbey that sits high above the river wye, the river that divides South Wales from England. The abbey was built in the gothic style between 1361 and 1550 and the monks grew rich from the profits of the wool trade. It was dissolved by Henry VIII but the fact that so much survives is a tribute to the skill of the early builders.

The ruins of Tintern Abbey sit in the middle of woodlands.
The ruins of Tintern Abbey

CADW, the body that looks after a lot of the ancient buildings in Wales often puts on special activities for visitors and when we visited we were lucky enough to see a falconry display. For many centuries falconry was a favourite sport of European nobles and there are several centres where visitors can see the birds in action or even have a go themselves. The bird in my photos is a kestrel a small hawk which is native to Wales. When I was at university in North Wales I often used to see them waiting for prey sitting on posts at the side of the road. This one would have been bred in captivity or injured as it is illegal to take wild birds.

A falconer with a very long white beard holding a kestrel
A falconer with his very well behaved Kestrel
A kestrel on the gloved hand of the falconer
Kestrel close up
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Other birds waiting for their five minutes of fame

If you want to see more photos from my visit to Tintern abbey click here

This post will be added to #Sunday stills a weekly photographic challenge run by Terri Webster Shrandt. If you want to find out more about the Sunday Stills challenge or see how other bloggers responded click here.

The photo at the top is of Canadian geese and goslings which I spotted at the Holiday Inn in Bristol the day my youngest son was married there.

 

Author: Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

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