Bateleur Eagle ‘Batty’
Bateleur Eagle ‘Batty’ –
of all the birds in the Burren Birds of Prey centre, I like this guy best. A big black eagle with a striking red back, a ridiculously short tail, and a face that will turn bright red with age.
Batty is about 2 years old, he was taken from the wild in Africa as a chick, and somebody tried to smuggle him into the UK. Luckily, he got caught by customs, and was hand-reared by some kind soul. Eventually, he ended up in the centre in Ballyvaughan, and people just love him. He’s such a peculiar-looking bird! When he fluffs up his feathers, he just about doubles in size. Lovely, lovely bird.