Falconry course

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Falconry course

The falconry course is a perfect gift for people who want to live a new, authentic and unforgettable experience.

A whole day in the middle of nature with birds of prey. You will be the protagonist.

To ensure that your experience is as intensive as possible, a maximum of 5 people participate in the falconry course. You can also be accompanied by people who do not participate directly in the course.

And don’t forget, you always have the possibility to choose the closed group option. This way you will have 100% personalized attention for you and your participating friends.

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Availability of the falconry course

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If you want to take part at the falconry course on a day marked in green, go to our ticket sales page, select the day and reserve your tickets. Notwithstanding this planning, we may also offer the course on days that are marked as «unavailable», as long as we do not have other incompatible activities already booked on that date. If you are interested in coming these days, please contact us.

Falconry course schedule

The falconry course starts at 10:00 h and ends at 17:00 h.

  • 10:00-11:00
    • Welcoming and introduction
    • First contact with birds of prey
  • 11:00-12:00 Birds of prey free flight show
  • 12:00-14:00 Owls
  • 14:00-15:00 Lunch break (Lunch is not included in the course price, we recommend that you bring food from home.)
  • 15:00-17:00 Falcons and eagles
  • 17:00 End of the falconry course

Falconry course price

Participant

The participant is the person who actively participates in the course. That is, it is the person who will be in direct contact with the birds, feed them and make them fly.

The price per participant is €75. It includes the rental of the equipment, the insurance, the credential diploma and in addition the free flight exhibition of birds of prey. Lunch is not included.

Companion

The companion is the person accompanying the participant. He/she can attend the entire course and the birds of prey show. You can take photos, recordings and also actively participate by asking questions, but he/she will not be in direct contact with birds of prey.

He/she does not need to be with the group during the entire course. That is, although he/she cannot roam the park freely, he/she can take part in activities. For example, he/she can attend the guided tour. In this case, however, he/she will have to pay the price of the complementary activity.

The price per companion is €15. It includes the birds of prey show and the falconry course attendance. However, children under 5 can accompany the participant free of charge.

Closed group

Price per closed group: €200

Benefits:

  1. You will receive 100% personalized attention. We will adapt the activities and planning exactly according to your interests and desires. Of course, always respecting animal welfare and safety rules.
  2. It is the cheapest option. For example: for 5 participants + 5 companions the normal price is €450. Instead, the price per closed group is €200. You save €250!

In case you want to opt for the closed group, please contact us. Our website will not give you the option to book a closed group directly.

Requirements to participate in the falconry course

Age

The minimum age to participate in the falconry course is 12 years. If you want to come with children under the age of 12, please take a look at the owl experience; it is much more suitable for this age range. The owl experience is not so demanding and children from 6 years old can participate. If you want to take part in the falconry course with children under the age of 12, choose the closed group option.

Prior reservation

It is essential to book the falconry course in advance on our website. Check the calendar for the days with course availability, go to the ticket purchase website, choose the day and reserve your tickets.

But if you are interested in participating in the course on a day that is listed on the calendar as “not available” you can contact us directly. We can often offer the course also on days that are not initially planned, and it can also be on weekdays.

Development of the falconry course

Instructor

Stania Kuspertova, the director of the wildlife refuge, will accompany you and guide you in your personal experience with these magnificent birds. She has 30 years of experience with birds of prey and as she puts it: «I understand falcons better than my own children.»

Type of learning

The course is practical and is based on your personal experience with birds of prey, although you will need to participate in a short introduction at the beginning. Indeed, it is very important that you first understand how to treat birds of prey properly.

Don’t forget! Both you and the birds will take part in the course. It’s important to have fun all together.

Learning level

The falconry course is designed especially for beginners who want to learn about wildlife and have fun.

Of course the Stania can deal with more specific issues for people who already have birds of prey or are considering purchasing one. In this case it would be more advisable to hire the course for a closed group or come on weekdays to ensure personalized attention.

Falconry course planning

Welcoming and introduction

10:00h-11:00h

In order for the day to be great not only for you but also for the birds, you need to learn how to treat them properly. Birds of prey are not domestic animals. You will carry small and medium-sized birds on your hand and practice to transmit them a feeling of security and confidence. You will learn to feed them on your hand.

For a good and safe development of the activity you will receive the utensils of a professional falconer.

Aus rapinyaires nocturnes

Birds of prey show

11:00h-12:00h

Before you start flying the birds yourself, you will attend the birds of prey show at the Zoo of the Pyrenees. This way you will be able to appreciate in practice the bond that is formed between a person and the bird. In addition, on the afternoon of the course day you will be able to do the same as our professional falconers. It’s a good motivation, don’t you think?

In the birds of prey show both the participants and the companions of the course, as well as the other visitors to the park, partivipate actively in the show.

Owls

12:00h-14:00h

Seeing a bird of prey fly towards you and land gently on your glove is definitely an unforgettable feeling. But we will not lie to you, you will need knowledge, concentration and quick reactions. You’ll get this practice with small owls in an entertaining and safe way. Plus, you’ll be gaining confidence in yourself.

Then it’s time to test your courage. You will come in contact with the eagle owls,the largest owls in the world. You will feed them, carry them on your hand and even make them fly.

You decide if you want to experience the thrill of making fly an eagle owl or if carrying it on your hand is enough.

Zoo del Pirineu a Catalunya

Lunch

14:00h-15:00h

Food is not included in the course price. The Zoo of the Pyrenees has no restaurant, only a bar with drinks and a picnic area. We recommend you bring your lunch from home.

If you come with a closed group and want to enjoy the authentic food of our area in one of the restaurants around us, you will probably need more time than expected for lunch. In this case we adapt to you. However, if you participate in the course with other people and you do not arrive at the beginning of the 2nd part of the course, you will miss a part of it.

Falcons

15:00h-16:00h

Falcons are the fastest animals on the planet. It is obviously different to deal with an owl than with a falcon. You will receive a brief explanation of how to understand them and how to work with them. We’ll tell you why we cover their eyes with a hood and what a bait is. In the end you will fly to the falcon yourself and feed him.

Eagles

16:00h-17:00h

The most exciting part of the day: the direct contact with large birds of prey. You will end the day with an unbeatable feeling. Feeding a golden eagle from your glove, carrying a steppe eagle on your fist and feeding the vultures is certainly a unique and intense experience.

Accrediting diploma

As a souvenir of the day you spent with us, we will send you an e-mail with a diploma accrediting your successful completion of the falconry course.

Animals que veuràs a llarg de la visita guiada.

Benefits of participating in the falconry course

Benefits for the participant

  • You will have an unforgettable experience
  • You will learn about wildlife

Benefits for the animals

  • You will help with the daily training of the birds of prey that live in our refuge and you will enrich their day to day
  • The entire amount of your ticket goes to the purchase of food for the animals we care about