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Meet The Team

The Humans

Scott Mason

Scott Mason

Chief

Natalia Martínez

Natalia Martínez

Head Trainer

Anita Mason

Anita Mason

Wife and so much more

The Birds

Maya

Maya

Harris Hawk

Zoya

Zoya

Harris Hawk

Emma

Emma

American Kestrel

Lighting

Lighting

Barn Owl

Baldrick

Baldrick

American Black Vulture

Edmund

Edmund

American Black Vulture

Ronnie

Ronnie

Peregrine Falcon

Bonnie

Bonnie

Lanner Falcon

Remembering our birds in Nepal

KEVIN

KEVIN

EGYTPIAN VULTURE

Kevin was found during the 2006 monsoon after falling from his nest. Hand-reared and unable to return to the wild he was trained to fly with the paragliders and quickly became the poster boy for the Parhawking project. Kevin is the world’s first Parahawking Vulture and a regular in the skies over Pokhara, logging an impressive 30+ hours of flight time per month. Kevin has a gentle nature but he's also a sensitive soul, he likes his routine and is happy in his comfort zone. Luckily that zone is guiding us paragliders through the sky and showing us how it's done.

Species: Egyptian Vulture - (Neophron percnopterus)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2006
Gender: Male (we think)
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BOB

BOB

EGYTPIAN VULTURE

Like Kevin, Bob was brought into us when he was just 4 weeks old. He was hand reared and because of this unable to return to the wild. Bob was flying with the Paragliders by the age of 6 months and was soon chasing Kevin into thermals over Pokhara. Bob has a very different personality to Kevin, he is bold and confident and has been known to chase Griffon Vultures 4 times his size out of his air space. Bob is as happy being in his aviary as he is in the air, in fact Bob will sometimes fly straight into his aviary after a Parahawking flight so he can have a bath.

Species: Egyptian Vulture - (Neophron percnopterus)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2008
Gender: Male (we think)
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SAPANA

SAPANA

BLACK KITE

Sapana was less than a week old when her nest site was cut down. After being rescued she was unavoidably hand-reared by humans and, as a result, is unable to fend for herself in the wild. Sapana was the world’s first bird to be successfully trained to fly with paragliders. Black Kites are extremely intelligent, and Sapana is evidence of this. In her first three years of flying, Sapana proved to be an exceptional parahawking bird. She has since learned that there are easier ways to acquire food and therefore no longer flies with the paragliders. She is however exercised daily and is one of the birds you will handle when participating in the Falconry Lessons.

Species: Black Kite - (Milvus migrans)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2001
Gender: Female
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GOGGLES

GOGGLES

BLACK KITE

Goggles arrived after her nest was destroyed during a pre-monsoon hail storm. She was approximately four weeks old and unable to fend for himself. She was hand reared and cared for until he was old enough to begin her somewhat short lived parahawking career; she only successfully flew once with the Paragliders before deciding that it wasn't for her. Goggles is now exercised daily, you can even take part in one of our falconry lessons where you will get to fly Goggles yourself.

Species: Black Kite - (Milvus migrans)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2004
Gender: Female
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BRAD

BRAD

BLACK KITE

Brad was still a juvenile bird when he was discovered living as a “pet” in a small wire cage. Emaciated and suffering from extensive feather damage, it took twelve months for him to regain enough strength to begin his training. Small in proportions but a champion at heart, Brad logged 100's of hours with the gliders, tackling challenging cross-country routes and even performing in flight aerobatics, before he decided enough was enough. Now Brad is most happiest flying around Maya Devi and catching food in the air.

Species: Black Kite - (Milvus migrans)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2003
Gender: Male
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