As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 18 January 2018

'Extremely rare' bird of prey Teala is stolen from falconer's garden

'The bird’s quite aggressive so it has to be someone with experience of handling birds of prey'

18:19, 5 JAN 2018

An ‘extremely rare’ bird has been stolen from the garden of a keen falconry expert who has been working with birds of prey for 30 years.

Believed to be one of only around 20 in the UK, three-year-old Teala was taken from her home in Newthorpe yesterday afternoon, Thursday, January 4.

She is a cross between a Harris hawk and a red-tail hawk, and had been taken out of her shed to get some sunlight before her owner, Jamie Alexander, took her for her daily flight.

He went back inside the shed just 20 yards away, and moments later she was taken, along with the perch she was tied to.

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