This reminds me of the time when we were having some work done on the house and the young man carrying out the work said to me, ‘Do you mind if I bring my bird tomorrow?’ Well, I was a bit nonplussed and started stuttering a bit . . . ‘err, no, I don’t mind . . . errrr, what will she do all day?’ ‘Oh, it’s OK, she’ll be happy to sit on her perch in the garden’. So the next day he rolled up with a peregrine falcon; it was brilliant to see such a magnificent creature close up. Having talked about falconry with this guy, I think that Down & beyond is right – taking on a bird like that is quite a commitment, and potentially an expensive one. This lad told me that he’d only had his then-current bird a short time, as his previous one had been taken out by another peregrine; it seems that he’d been unwittingly flying her in a wild bird’s territory, and the latter had got pissed off and swooped on her and killed her. He’d then bought his current peregrine for £2000.