20% DISCOUNT ON ALL COURSES IN SEPTEMBER
- From September to June
- 2 Days/3 Nights
- Available to:
- Anyone, all ages and families welcome (max 4 people)
- €180 (without accommodation)
€330 per person (with accommodation)
- Accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, teas, coffees, snacks
Falconry is an age old tradition which dates back thousands of years. The true definition of falconry is the hunting of wild quarry in it's natural state using a trained bird of prey. Modern falconry is gaining in popularity and with advances in technology it is now more accessible then ever before. However falconry is a lifestyle commitment which should not be entered into lightly therefore it is highly recommended for anyone wishing to practice falconry to take a course.
Our 2 day Introduction to Falconry is designed to give you an insight into the fascinating world of falconry and training birds of prey. Whether you're serious about owning and training your own bird for hunting, interested in pursuing a career in falconry or bird training or just wish to gain some knowledge and enjoy some close contact with raptors, this 2 day course will certainly deliver.
Drawing from over 35 years experience as practicing and professional falconers and bird trainers, we will guide you through the basic principles of falconry.
We will cover subjects such as:
- Falconry history
- Birds used for Falconry
- Bird of Prey Management and Husbandry
- Species used
- Essential falconry equipment
- Picking up and carrying
- Feeding, manning and initial training techniques
- Weighing and weight management
- Basic training and exercising
Our courses are a combination of hands on practical and classroom lessons. Birds used will be Harris Hawks and Common Buzzards however you will also get the chance to handle and fly other birds such as Vultures, Owls and Falcons.
We are located in a beautiful part of Andalucia in Southern Spain where the climate is very agreeable for most of the year, even in the winter where the sun still shines and the daytime temperature averages around 10 degrees C . July and August can be too hot for both birds and people.
Accommodation is provided at the stunning Olive Alchemy Retreat which is a stones throw from the Parahawking HQ. Algodonales is the closest village just 5 minutes from your accommodation. The village is centered around a church and square, typical of Andalucian villages. The are a number of restaurants and bars serving tapas and drinks till late in the evening.
Your course includes:
- 2 days expert tuition
- 3 nights accommodation + breakfast, lunch and daytime refreshments
- Introduction to Falconry Course certificate
- 30% discount voucher on a Parahawking Experience
Our Introduction to Falconry courses typically commence on 10am Fridays and finish 6pm on Tuesday, although dates can be flexible.
Overseas visitors, should arrive 1 day before the star date and plan to depart 1 day after in ends.
Airports to fly into are Malaga, Seville or Jerez.
We can advise you on international flights and car rental.
Extend your stay either side of the Falconry Course, double rooms at the Olive Alchemy Retreat are €60 per night B&B.
We are flexible on dates so if there is a particular date that you would prefer, please let us as know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.[/alert]
Scott Mason is an internationally recognised and award winning bird trainer with over 35 years experience as a practicing and professional falconer. Scott started out his professional Falconry career as an instructor at the prestigious British School of Falconry in 1990. He later founded the Himalayan Raptor Rescue and Parahawking Project in Nepal which is now based in Spain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our birds need to be rewarded for guiding us into the thermals. During the flight the passenger will place small morsels of meat onto his gloved hand, the birds will come and gently land on the hand to take the food, and then gracefully fly away to find the next thermal. A perfect symbiotic relationship.
Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that!
Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. Parahawking is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction.
We support vital Vulture conservation projects, proceeds from every Parahawking flight go to Vulture conservations projects.