WHEN I first experienced the film Kes, I was at Normanton Freeston High School and all I could think about was the kestrel nest I had found while walking round Newland Hall Wood.
It was a bit different to the biology and nature lessons I was being taught at the time. This was first-hand.
I thought I would take a young falcon and train it just like Billy Casper, thankfully things changed and I didn’t take one.
Since then I have been an avid bird watcher, especialy birds of prey and all other manner of birds, so I was disgusted to read your article about Karl Leadley who had the honour to see and even handle birds of prey such as the fastest bird in the world - the peregrine falcon - the harris hawk and the steppe eagle.
This is a privilege. How can anyone in charge of such majestic birds of prey treat them in such a manner when they need due care and attention 24 hours a day, not even providing the food or water they need?
For me, and I’m sure any ornitholigist will say, this is a disgusting act. Just to be in the company of these wonders of the bird world would be a once-in-a-life time experience for any ornitholigist.
The law needs to be changed - raptors like these do not ask to be taken and be trained to the gauntlet but, if so, let it be by someone who really has the birds at heart.