"Customer Spotlight 2022"- Martyn Blackburn

Next up under our customer spotlight is Martyn @oddball97 who kindly shared with us his Falconry journey and memorable moments.

How did you start your Falconry journey?

I've been flying birds of prey for nearly 9 years now and was introduced to falconry by a work colleague a few years prior to this and it got me hooked! Luckily, he agreed to mentor me!

What was your first bird? 

Sky, a common buzzard.

What is your favourite bird to fly and why? 

Got to be Jed, my Male Harris Hawk. He never ceases to amaze me, has a heart of a lion but can also be a cantankerous sod! But all in all an easy-going bird and we rub along together ok!

What is the most memorable moment you have experienced in Falconry so far? 

Probably flying Jed in dense woodland, the absolute precision of his flying always takes my breath away!

What part of Falconry do you most enjoy and why? 

Probably the fact that when you get out flying and it's just you and the bird and nothing else in the world matters!

What is your dream bird to fly and why? 

Sounds boring but I'm perfectly happy with Jed! Not saying he's the perfect bird but it works for me!

For those new to Falconry or thinking about getting started, what would be your most valuable advice? 

Get yourself a decent mentor!

If there is anything else that you would like to share with us, please add it below:

I've always used Ashley's products for falconry pretty much since I started out and would like to take the opportunity to thank him and his team for the superb service over the years, good kit is essential obviously, but Ashley's gear is first class!!


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