FLYING HIGH WITH 'HALO' AT THE ISAAC NEWTON TELESCOPE DOME

The giant 98-inch Isaac Newton Telescope was once housed in this silver dome to the south of the main complex at The Royal Greenwich Observatory. In 1979 the telescope was dismantled, removed from its dome and completely refurbished before being installed on top of an extinct volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma in 1984. Here it forms part of the International ‘Roque de los Muchachos Observatory’ run as an overseas facility by the Royal Greenwich Observatory and I've been privileged to visit many times.

But having fun flying a Barn Owl by the name of 'Halo' around the derelict dome in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle - as well as a Harris Hawk and Hooded Vulture - courtesy of a fabulous morning with Gerard from East Sussex Falconry, was just amazing. Unforgettable! Thank you all!

Gerard from East Sussex Falconry, with 'Cruise'.

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