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There are eight other species in this genus distributed right throughout the Old World, but the Tawny Eagle is the most numerous and successful. They never seem to miss a chance to eat and will make a habit of driving smaller birds of prey off prey or carrion in order to gain a ‘cheap’ meal. Uni, like all our flying birds, is often kept tethered.
This system of jesses (leather straps), a swivel and a leash attached to a perch appropriate to the birds feet, is the best way to keep any number of free flying birds of prey. During free flight she could fly off, however, more often than not she returns.
We go to great pains to ensure her territory (home) is stress free and that she is well provided for in both summer and winter. As she has grown older, she has become less tolerant of mistakes and has developed a real character!