Upgrade Your Experience
As mentioned elsewhere on this website, we at Elite Falconry try very hard to retain the traditions and ethos of falconry, while at the same time embracing new practices, advancements in husbandry, animal welfare and veterinary skills etc. We also like to encompass technological advancement as it is developed. Going back to the 1980’s and 90’s, this saw the utilisation of new, then improving telemetry – tracking equipment allowing us to further secure our birds against the risk of permanent loss while out flying.
This embracing and enjoyment of new technology continues to move us to new things, pushing us to develop new ways to utilise technology in a way that enhances our, and your, enjoyment and understanding of what our birds do.
Currently we have two parts to our upgrades for the half day experience, full day experience, full day hunting, and specialist eagles day.
Video Upgrade Package
Firstly, we can fit an eagle on any of those days, with a full HD, on board, back pack mounted video camera. We have used this equipment, developed here at Elite Falconry, on national TV shows like The One Show and BBC TV’s groundbreaking Winterwatch shows. In superb full HD quality, the eagle will record his or her view of the location we are flying from their point of view. That will include you on the ground, and the view as seen by the bird as it returns to your gloved fist. The footage can be reviewed on the day of your experience, and once edited, will be made available for you to keep.
Technical Upgrade Package
The 2nd upgrade option is a great one for those lovers of data, statistics and technology. Our birds can now carry tiny transmitters that relay live, real time data on how high it is relative to us on the ground, how fast it is flying or stooping, or even how fast it is climbing on the wind or a thermal. With the speed and altitude data in hand, you can even calculate the G forces experienced when the bird throws the brakes on!
More than this, the data is sent to a hand held tablet device, which is pre loaded with a Google earth map of the land we are flying over. The data is over laid onto the map with a constant trace of its flight path left on the map. As it flies over a rock or wood, you see the wood or rock on the map and the trace of the bird as it passes. It is spectacular technology and offers an insight into what is going on in a birds life in the air, the likes of which that have never been possible before.