Sunday, 21 April 2013

A meeting with the Chairman of the Bulgarian Association for Preservation of raptors in Veliko Tarnovo

Imagine my surprise when this fellow and his partner turned up at an outside table on a spring Saturday afternoon in our home town of Veliko Tarnovo, in the Hunter Inn close to the River Yantra and Gurko Street.

Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria Bulgarian association for preservation of raptors
Pavel and Harry in Veliko Tarnovo

Yes, you can see he had with him a Harris Hawk or Harris's Hawk, indigenous to south USA and down to Chile, South America.

His name is Pavel Yakimov, the chairman of BAZGP (Bulgarian Association for the preservation of raptors). He took time out to explain what they are doing and introduced me to Harry the Harris Hawk.
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Bulgarian association for preservation of raptors
Pavel Yakimov, Harry and Phil


I was honoured to be introduced to such a beautiful raptor, and somewhat gloomed by the story that many Bulgarian "Green activists" call him barbaric and a torturer etc....these misfits are so misinformed, these raptors are doing what they do naturally and if that means they keep pigeons and other birds away from airport runways as an example, I see nothing barbaric in this.
Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria Bulgarian association for preservation of birds of prey
Phil meet Harry the Harris Hawk, in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria


I am sincerely grateful to Pavel for taking time off his well earned lunch to share Harry with me for a few minutes and it is a chance encounter I will never forget!
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Bulgarian association for preservation of hawks
Harry the Harris Hawk in Bulgaria

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that falconry was practiced in Bulgaria, and was glad to see your photos. I will be attending the five-year folk dance festival in 2015 and it is supposed to include Veliko Tarnovo. Does the association have a "center" or other facility open for tours?

    Alan Jenkins
    Falconer, folk dancer

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