Birds of prey, falcons, hunting dogs and hunting types are a taste of the true old country life of days gone by. There is a falconry near Prague Castle with captive birds of prey on display near the Castle entrance. There were various hawks, owls and falcons spread out on the lawn. Falconry is the ancient art of hunting with the help of birds of prey. See for yourself what it is like when this noble creature perches on your hand and how complicated it is to establish communication with it. You will have many such opportunities on your travels through the Prague Castle. You will enjoy a unique and rare opportunity to photograph some of eastern Europe’s most charismatic birds of prey perched in flight. Using professional falconers and trained birds, you will have the chance to photograph species such as golden eagle, sea eagle, peregrine falcon, tawny owl and eagle owl.
The history of falconry in the Czech lands dates back hundreds of years. Although its importance has often declined and then increased again, its spirit and romance have been preserved to this day. Often you will see demonstrations of falconry in the courtyards of Prague castles and chateaux. In the courtyards of one of these historical treasures, you can witness the special bond between these majestic birds and their owners. You will thus gain a fascinating insight into the struggle between falcon and prey in the captivating surroundings of one of the Czech Republic’s regal residences.
树林里有不少被人欣赏的鸟类, 如唱歌的画眉, 学舌的鹦鹉, 报喜不报忧的喜鹊. 但猫头鹰却是令人讨厌的, 它长著一张奇特古怪的脸, 经常在黑暗中发出 “不祥之兆” 的叫声, 惊扰了在歌舞升平之中沈醉的人们. 然而, 在亚洲被视为 “恶鸟” 的猫头鹰, 却受到古希腊人的崇拜, 被认为是 “智慧的象征”. 西方鸟类学家曾做过统计, 一只猫头鹰一个夏天可捕一千只左右的老鼠, 替人类保护了大量粮食. 在发现这一点之后, 猫头鹰成了受法律保护的野生动物.
花园里所有的树冠都被整齐地修剪过, 喷泉中央是精致的雕塑, 每一处都如宫廷画家笔下的油画, 色彩丰富, 层次分明. 空气中是各种花朵与青草的味道, 每一个角落耐心地聆听, 都能听到鸟儿的叫声, 入口处还有一只猫头鹰. 花园的尽头是夏宫, 身边有些人像中世纪的贵族那样打着阳伞, 踩着落叶悠闲地走过去, 整颗心就跟着飞向了中世纪. 站在夏宫的走廊里可以看到布拉格城堡那边圣维特教堂庄严的穹顶和周围层层叠叠砖红色的斜坡屋顶, 甚至还能清晰地看到从城堡下山的路呢.
This is part of the Royal Garden of the Prague Castle complex. It's a renaissance garden built in 1530s with a bronze Singing Fountain in the middle. If you put your ear to the bottom of the fountain, it sounds like it's singing.
从后门进入布拉格城堡区, 首先会经过偌大的皇家花园, 我被花园的鹰类训练场给吸引. 那里养了不同种类的老鹰与猫类鹰, 鸟儿们活灵活现的模样, 如果想更亲近鸟儿, 还可以付费跟老鹰合照呢.
As a visitor to the Prague Castle, when you enter the main complex and turn left towards the sprawling gardens you could come across an unusual sight of majestic birds of prey perched on posts. A closer look will show the legs of all the birds tied to posts. These birds belong to the falconry that exists at the castle.
A little sign told me that there was a birds of prey display to attract visitors to stop and take a look. For a small donation (supposed to be for the upkeep of the birds), visitors were allowed into a little park area where a couple of people had a collection of birds of prey. I was able to walk quite closely to these birds and they asked whether i’d like to hold one.
Inside Prague Castle, before the Royal Garden, is a "Birds of Prey" exhibit where you can see owls, hawks and eagles chained down. Apparently this is a tradition that lives on from when there was a king to amuse.
Some visitors picked the largest of the birds (naturally) and they took the obligatory snaps with them grinning like it was Christmas already. Some people later said it was like trying to hold a huge frozen turkey at arms length and that the feel of the birds massive claws through their sleeves gave them a great idea of how powerful they really are. The gentleman who owns the birds told the visitors that they were “working”‘ birds and were often used to cull pests (rats, pigeons) around the city.
According the Czech trainer at the park, the relationship to work with a bird of prey is very special: even if the bird is bred in captivity, genetically it is still ‘wild’. It is not a domestic animal. The relationship provides a lot of freedom to the bird and the excitement is not only in whether or not it will be successful in the hunt, but whether it will even return! The bird does not need an owner, it can live without man. But the relationship is one of mutual respect as well as benefit.
Great looking gray owl!
老鹰训练场的老鹰可以让我们近距离观赏, 我还是第一次这么近欣赏老鹰, 超酷的！
憨态可掬的猫头鹰时不时伸出头来四处张望, 并对相机镜头表现出了相当大的好奇心. 猫头鹰圆头圆脑的样子相当可爱.
One of the captive Golden Eagles.
A Falcon with its head Gear which it looked pitiable.
With quick twists of its neck, this Eagle Owl was a keen observer of all the tourists.
如果更有兴趣一点, 然后捐多一点钱给老鹰, 训练师就会让猫头鹰站到游客肩膀上合照.
The falconry at the castle organises special shows of these birds in flight and also the opportunity to have these powerful birds perch on your gloved hand.
布拉格城堡区的皇家花园里布局是比较的简单, 最重要的时候主题鲜明, 让大家真正的置身于大自然当中, 放松心情享受生活, 使得花园的环境仍然是非常的适合人们到这里休闲游完, 已经成了人们工作结束之后和家人一块聊天散心的好地方. 这也是给大家带来了不一样的享受.
Captivating Prague In Czech Republic 捷克布拉格古美浪漫之旅 - To be continued…..
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