Eagle eyes required to find missing hawk

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

Eagle-eyed walkers and motorists in the south west of the county are being asked to keep a look out for a rare bird of prey that has gone missing from a Glenties Bird sanctuary.

Eagle-eyed walkers and motorists in the south west of the county are being asked to keep a look out for a rare bird of prey that has gone missing from a Glenties Bird sanctuary.

Well-known falconer, Pedro Saltani, says the rare ‘Harris Hawk’ escaped from its aviary yesterday morning and he is asking for the public’s help to find it.

The hawk is quite similar in colour to the Golden Eagle, but Pedro says he believes his hawk may not have strayed too far from his base in Glenties and could be in the south west area.

“It’s a large bird, about the size of a pheasant with yellow legs and a yellow beak. It also has leather straps around its legs so it is very distinctive. It has large brown feathers with white strips on the end of the tail,” Pedro said.

“Hawks usually stay around, they don’t wander off, so it could be in and around Glenties or Ardara or these areas, or as far as Frosses,” he added.

He said the bird is three-years-old and he has reared it from young.

Yesterday’s strong winds may also have helped the bird travel further than it normally would, so if anyone spending time outdoors in the south west who thinks they may have spotted it, they should call Pedro on 087 766 8379. Pedro is well known across the county for his entertaining falconry shows and seminars in places like Glenveagh Castle each summer.