Real life 'Kes'

Grandson Jesse with sister Harriet training Cully the baby kestrel he reared and prepared for release to the wild.

She was so tame and loved being close to Jesse. We still think she comes back to look for him at the farm as a kestrel is often seen perched on the house roof or one of the barns, which is most unusual.

Many of my pictures of them are on video so I cannot show them here, unfortunately.


Jesse and his father built the aviary behind Jesse’s hands in this picture. Jesse is holding a creance which he attached to Cully during the early days of training. It could be extended and easily released when necessary. The pedestal on which Cully perched was also made by them. Note the cuff on Jesse’s left wrist. This is where she would land and grip onto his arm. Later she walked all over his shoulders, head and body if he were seated on the ground and pulled his laces undone!

Aviary V

Jesse calling Cully for a titbit. Harriet keeping a low profile.


Cully on Jesse’s head

Comments

27 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

What a heart warming story...Simplylyn...as I said when I read your profile.Now we have photos as well.Thank you for sharing ......

27 Jun, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Lovely blog Simplylyn and great credit to your grandson to able to return it to the wild .

28 Jun, 2010
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sixpence said:

Its great to see children taking interest in wild life, of any sort, you will find it is the same one comming back they do not forget birds, as I have a friend in NZ who takes in all the injured birds she returns them to the wild, to find they return with babies or when they are in trouble.

28 Jun, 2010
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david said:

This is wonderful! Am so glad you have all this on record. The aviary and perch are excellent. :-))

29 Jun, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

This blog has been nominated for Birdpedia - and included in Birds of Prey category.

1 Jul, 2010
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simplylyn said:

Wow! Many thanks. I must let Jesse know. This afternoon I was telling him about my blog and I asked him to send me an account of when he climbed a very high Ash tree to rescue Culley who had got caught on a branch by her jess. More of that anon........

1 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

Will look forward to that Simplylyn !

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