Maria, my Scottish female Golden Eagle at six weeks old.
A superb relationship had developed between myself and Ivan, my adult male Golden Eagle. This relationship was forming as a pair bond in Ivan’s mind and he demonstrated this to me one day as I knelt down to tie his leash to the block ring.
Most of my peers thought I was nuts, but I managed to persuade a few influential people to grant me the first government licence to take a Scottish eaglet for the purpose of breeding and falconry.
This picture is of Maria at six weeks of age growing up on my farm in Yorkshire. She spent most of her early weeks eating, sleeping and growing in the summer sunlight.