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Consuming Passions RTÉ One, Monday 8.30pm (Repeat)

Programme 3: Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather is a charming and insightful half-hour documentary about people who have discovered the joys of falconry which has become for them a full-time, life-long passion.

Deborah and James Knight, having always loved country living, decided to take a lesson in a nearby falconry school. Little did they know that falconry would become not only their hobby but their full-time job in County Mayo. To breed, train and watch their hawks and falcons soar through the sky on a warm day and swoop back to the earth gives them their greatest joy.

Tom Farrell is referred to affectionately as the "hawk man" by his neighbours in a housing estate in Shankill, County Dublin. His love of his birds resulted in a cliff fall that almost cost him his life. He shares with us his love and admiration for these beautiful creatures.

Tommy Byrne had always had birds of one kind or another, but when he discovered birds of prey he fell in love. He gave up his city job to move to the country and now patrols landfill sites with his hawks and falcons as a form of pest control. He has also passed on his love for falconry to his 15 year old daughter, Hannah, the proud owner and friend of a young kestrel called Noddy.

 

James Knight
James Knight
Deborah Knight
Deborah Knight