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A bird's eye view at country park.

BIRDS of prey captured the imaginations of visitors to Coombe Country Park.

They had the chance to get up close to a selection of birds, including a scops owl, kestrel and Harris hawk, which had been brought along to the park by Iris May Falcons. Fiona Mackenzie, information and interpretation assistant at the park, said: "Norman and Iris, who run Iris May Falcons, come in a few times a year to show off the birds.

"They run it as a free event but have a collection for the charities they support.

"People get to handle the birds, especially the little scops owl, and they enjoy getting up close and personal. Norman and Iris are so passionate about what they do. There's always a mixture of emotions when people first see the birds but they soon become fascinated."

Iris May Falcons visit the park during the school holidays.

For more information about upcoming events at Coombe, visit www.

coventry.gov.uk/coombe

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FEATHERED FRIEND: Falconer Iris May with Samson the Harris hawk and visitor Ria Hatt from Coventry

BEADY EYE ON YOU: Six-year-old William Martin, meets a scops owl

FACE TO FACE: Fiona Mackenzie meets a white-faced scops owl at Coombe Country Park
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 23, 2013
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