Perched on top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmádena is a Falconry and Conservation Centre where you can view some magnificent birds of prey and, weather permitting, watch one of the daily falconry exhibitions. Falconry possibly dates back to around 2,000 BC and UNESCO has inscribed falconry as a shared intangible heritage element of eleven countries.
A visit to the centre is free for those with a ticket for the cable car (Teleférico). Popular species used in falconry all over the world are Harris’s Hawk (due to its wonderful temperament), Chilean Blue Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and Peregrine Falcon. Since the mid twentieth century, most falconry birds are captive-bred at conservation centres and strict regulations are in place in many countries.
This is my daughter Francesca bringing in a Chilean Blue Eagle (or Black-chested Buzzard-eagle as it is also known)
A Eurasian Eagle Owl in flight
Other birds at the centre include Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Barn Owl and Griffon Vulture. Birds from the centre have been used to repopulate areas where certain species had all but disappeared or were actually extinct – Red Kites were sent to Wales and the southern UK where repopulation was very successful and large numbers of these magnificent birds can now be seen patrolling the skies.