In this high-tech interconnected world, it’s all too easy to take for granted the tools at our disposal, tools such as: smart phones, wi-fi connectivity, search engines, websites and even online ordering. Here in the UK, and across the majority of the world, we can sit on our derriere’s and order takeaway food and have it delivered to our homes without barely moving a muscle. Putting the obvious lack of exercise and human interaction to one side for a moment, all these tools are there to help us make the most of every available second of our time. But on Saturday afternoon, as I was driving home from Leamington Spa with my son, we’d be able to use most of these tools for something far more precious and soul satisfying than pizza (as nice as pizza is)!
It was getting late around 4:30pm and my son and I were chatting about the lovely day we’d had together. Coming towards us was a large articulated lorry on the opposite carriageway, and between us, and just metres ahead of the truck, was a bird of prey that seemed completely oblivious of its pending fate as this lorry trundled towards it. Within the briefest of seconds, this beautiful bird must have realised what was about to happen, it stretched out its wings wide to get as much power into them as it could, but it was just too late.
What we witnessed next was this beautiful bird being struck by the truck’s cab and as it barrelled into the vacuum of air created by the truck, it was sent spiralling 10 metres or more upwards into the air before coming down on the grassy verge just behind us. Our car and another stopped to see if there was anything that could be done to help it, or if it was all too pointless. Walking towards the raptor, as it lay almost motionless on the road-side we’re all thinking this would be a hopeless, but necessary act. Then as we neared the bird, it partially recovered and attempted to make it’s escape. Unfortunately, this was nothing more than a shock-move as it struggled badly, flying into the hedgerow at ground level dazed and injured.
Wondering what to do next, we considered trying to gently cover the bird in a jacket and take it to a local veterinary practise or RSPB centre, before a quick Google search on my wi-fi connected mobile phone for ‘Leamington Falconry’ identified the website and mobile telephone number of Bob Edwards at www.falconry-days.com. I spoke with Bob asking him if he could help, and quite incredibly, he told me that we were less than 300 metres from his home and falconry centre on the very same road, and that he would be with us in five minutes.
Reminiscent to me at least of a scene out of M*A*S*H, (the 1970’s cult TV series about a 4077thMobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea), Bob arrived with his grandaughter in his Mitsubishi. Bob calmly gathered up this beautiful bird, which he tells us is a Buzzard and examines it for blood, internal injuries and broken wings and thankfully he finds none. However, we all noticed that its left leg was lifeless and clearly completely unable to grip the same way the other talon still was.
Gradually, whilst in Bob’s care, the Buzzard began to calm down as Bob shared his insights into the life of a Buzzard in UK skies, before we parted leaving Bob to help in true M*A*S*H style.
Many years ago, and without such technology the outcome may not have been the same, and if you’re wondering what happened to the Buzzard, Bob tells me that he visited the vet with some food for the bird yesterday (Sunday), the leg isn’t broken just badly bruised. Yes, it was incredibly lucky that this incident happened so near to Bob’s home, but thanks to Google, wi-fi and modern technology this beautiful bird will hopefully soar again soon!
Oh, and if you’re planning to be in the Warwickshire and want to see Bob’s amazing work with these beautiful raptors, I’m sure he’d give you a warm welcome.
Nigel Davis was voted ‘One of Britain’s Top 50 Small Business Advisors’ & is an MCIM Chartered Marketer.