Château des Milandes, part two

One of the highlights of Milandes is the Raptors Demonstration, which is found to the rear of the Château most afternoons from April until November and mornings too in mid summer, see the website for opening times.

We first watched the demonstration on our first visit to the Perigord in 2009 it was a cold and damp day in the autumn, but the demonstration was superb. This time it was a gorgeous sunny day with not a cloud in the sky, so we sat outside and looked up at the Château while we waited for the demonstration to begin.

The rear of Milandes showing the seating area.

The rear of Milandes showing the seating area.

I love gargoyles and these two are a superb example, as they tower over the many cages below them. Some of the large cages set into the walls house raptors.

I love gargoyles

I love gargoyles

The Eagle Owl in flight, this was a year old female which weighed three kg and has a wing span of 1.80m. It comes to get a reward of chicken after each flight.

The Eagle Owl takes flight

The Eagle Owl takes flight

Spotted Eagle Owl, it is one of the smallest birds at Milandes. Its wingspan is about 1.40 metres and her weight is about 750 grams and she is a little cutie.

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

There are also American Eagles, Falcons, Kestrels and Harris Hawks to name but a few of the birds of pray. Which are housed in cages in the park area of Milandes.

Needless to say it was a superb demonstration; the highlight for me was when the Eagle owl flew onto my arm, it was heavy, but fortunately for me so well behaved.

The park area

The park area

You can visit the official website at Château des Milandes

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