Introduction to Falconry - 2 Days




From October to May
2 Days/3 Nights
Available to:
Anyone, all ages and families welcome (max 4 people)
€180 (without accommodation)
€350 per person (with accommodation)
Accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, teas, coffees, snacks

Falconry is an age old tradition which dates back thousands of years. The true definition of falconry is the hunting of wild quarry in it's natural state using a trained bird of prey. Modern falconry is gaining in popularity and with advances in technology it is now more accessible then ever before. However falconry is a lifestyle commitment which should not be entered into lightly therefore it is highly recommended for anyone wishing to practice falconry to take a course.

Our 2 day Introduction to Falconry is designed to give you an insight into the fascinating world of falconry and training birds of prey. Whether you're serious about owning and training your own bird for hunting, interested in pursuing a career in falconry or bird training or just wish to gain some knowledge and enjoy some close contact with raptors, this 2 day course will give you everything you need.

Drawing from over 35 years experience as practicing and professional falconers and bird trainers, we will guide you through the basic principles of falconry.

We will cover subjects such as:

  • Falconry history
  • Birds used for Falconry
  • Bird of Prey Management and Husbandry
  • Species used
  • Essential falconry equipment
  • Picking up and carrying
  • Feeding, manning and initial training techniques
  • Weighing and weight management
  • Basic training and exercising

Our courses are a combination of hands on practical and theory lessons. Birds used will be Harris Hawks and Kestrels however you will also get the chance to handle and fly other birds such as Vultures, Owls and Falcons. 


We are located in a beautiful part of Andalucia in Southern Spain where the climate is very agreeable for most of the year, even in the winter where the sun still shines and the daytime temperature averages around 10 degrees C . July and August can be too hot for both birds and people.


Accommodation is available at one of our partner B&B nearby. Algodonales is the closest village. The village is centered around a church and square, typical of Andalucian villages. The are a number of restaurants and bars serving tapas and drinks till late in the evening.

Your course includes:

  • 2 days expert tuition
  • 3 nights accommodation + breakfast, lunch and daytime refreshments
  • 20% discount voucher on a Parahawking Experience


Our Introduction to Falconry courses dates can be flexible.
Overseas visitors, should arrive 1 day before the star date and plan to depart 1 day after in ends.
Airports to fly into are Malaga, Seville or Jerez.
We can advise you on international flights and car rental.

We are flexible on dates so if there is a particular date that you would prefer, please let us as know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.


Scott Mason is an internationally recognised and award winning bird trainer with over 35 years experience as a practicing and professional falconer. Scott started out his professional Falconry career as an instructor at the prestigious British School of Falconry in 1990. He later founded the Himalayan Raptor Rescue and Parahawking Project in Nepal which is now based in Spain.


Book a Parahawking Experience whilst you're here and get 20% discount.



  1. Simply choose your preferred date, allow for an entire morning or afternoon.
  2. Fill out the booking enquiry form.
  3. We'll get back to you straight away with details on availability and how to proceed.



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Please use the form below to make a booking, if you experience problems with the booking form, please send an email to - info@skywingsfalconry.com.com

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PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer operating in Nepal. We are now only operating in Spain
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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is Parahawking?
Parahawking is paragliding with a trained bird of prey. It was pioneered in Pokhara, Nepal by renowned bird trainer and paraglider, Scott Mason. Now basd in Algodonales, southern Spain, birds of prey such as American Black Vultures are trained as part of an award winning enrichment program, to fly with paragliders and, by using their incredible ability to conserve energy, can guide the paragliders to the best thermals. They will then land on the passengers gloved hand for an inflight reward. Parahawking is a perfect mix of adventure, eco-tourism and conservation. A Parahawking Tandem Experience is more than just a paragliding flight with a trained bird, it's an education into vultures and the problems they face in the wild.

How does it work?
Birds of prey have a natural instinct to conserve energy wherever and whenever possible. During a flight, a bird will burn more energy than it would if it was just sitting in a tree, this means it has to eat to replace the used energy. Sometimes birds will travel long distances to find food. To conserve energy whilst flying, birds of prey use thermals. Thermals are rising currents of warm air that are created by the sun heating the ground. Birds can gain height and travel long distances without flapping their wings by using thermals. Paragliders also use thermals when they are flying and will often use wild birds to guide them to where the thermals are. Our trained birds are no different, they will find the thermals in order to stay aloft and conserve energy whilst flying. We as paragliders harness their ability to conserve energy by following them as we fly.

Our birds need to be rewarded for guiding us into the thermals. During the flight the passenger will place small morsels of meat onto his gloved hand, the birds will come and gently land on the hand to take the food, and then gracefully fly away to find the next thermal. A perfect symbiotic relationship.

Is there a weight and age limit?
All Paraglider wings have an upper and lower weight range, when the upper weight range is exceeded, it can make the glider difficult to fly in some situatons and conditions. Parahawking tandem flights are different from regular tandem flights, our weight limit for passengers is 100 kg/220 lb. The only other requirement is that you are able to run a few steps for the take off and landing. You do not have to be a qualified pilot, you will be a passenger attached to a qualified tandem pilot. We reserve the right to refuse to fly any passenger that does not meet our requirements.

When can I do it?
The Parahawking season runs all year round.

Where can I do it?
You can do Parahawking in Algodonales, Spain only.

How does it help Vulture Conservation?
Vultures are in serious decline, in the last 15 years the numbers have dropped by a staggering 99.9% in some parts of Asia whilst vultures in Europe and African are experiencing similar declines. This catastrophic decline is due to a veterinary drug called Diclofenac. This anti inflammatory drug is routinely administered to sick and dying livestock including cows and buffalo and has proven to be very effective in reducing pain and suffering. However, when the animal dies with Diclofenac still in it's system, the vultures that feed from the animal carcass will ingest remnants of the drug which is poisonous to them and kills them within 24 hours.

Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that!

Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. Parahawking is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction.

We support vital Vulture conservation projects, proceeds from Parahawking go to Vulture conservations projects.

How is this different from normal paragliding?
Parahawking gives you the unique opportunity to interact with these birds and see the world through their eyes while you share the sky with them. Paragliding is an exciting adventure activity on own but this takes Paragliding to a whole different dimension.

How do I book?
Book your Parahawking activity directly with us via this website to gaurantee the best chance of a spot.

How much does it cost?
A Parahawking Tandem Experience costs: €170

How long does the flight last?
Parahawking flights are not based on time in the air but the overall experience of sharing the sky with a trained bird of prey. The weather can determine the length of the flight as can many other factors, especially when working with birds. We make no guarantees about flight times however we always try our best to stay in the air for around 20 to 30 minutes.

Can I take a Parahawking course?
We do not currently offer Parahawking courses. If you're not already a pilot and you want to learn to paraglide then there is no better place to learn to fly than here in Algodonales. Fly Spain - http://www.flyspain.com - offer beginner courses. If you want to learn more about the birds then you can take a Bird of Prey Experience or Falconry Course with us. You can do a 2-3 hour session or 2-5 days courses.

What birds do you use?
We use a variety of Vultures and hawks for Parahawking.

Where do the birds come from?
All of our birds are bred in captivity. Parahawking is an award winning project, it was voted Best Enrichment Behaviour by the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) in 2011.

Is it dangerous?
Paragliding and Parahawking is an adventure activity but it is not dangerous. We use only the best pilots for Parahawking. All of our pilots are internationally licensed and insured. 

What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring are a pair of training shoes or boots and a sweatshirt or jacket depending on the time of year. 

Can I take a camera?
Yes, you can bring your own camera or we can take inflight pictures and movie from our onboard cameras, at a small additional cost. 

Do you provide accommodation?
Yes, we have accommodation right on site at the Skywings Falconry Farmhouse.