10 Jun 2024

Expert Feature: Falconry

From Afternoons, 2:30 pm on 10 June 2024

Today's expert is all about falconry - that's the art of using a bird of prey for hunting.

It's history here in Aotearoa only dates back 100 or so years. Globally it's been going for thousands.

We have just one native Falcon in Aotearoa, the Kārearea. There are only around 8,000 and it's illegal to own them for Falconry. But it is permitted to train them in falconry for conservation and rehabilitation, which is exactly what Rotorua's Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre does.

General manager and falconer Ineke Milner has traveled the world following her love of birds of prey - and even had one on her shoulder while she taught biology to high school students for six years in Rotorua.

She spoke to Jesse about the importance of birds of prey in our ecosystem and answered all our bird related questions.

Ineke Milne with a falcon

Ineke Milner with a kāhu (harrier hawk). Photo: supplied by Ineke Milner

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