About Wings Of Wales.

Who We Are And What We Do.

Wings Of Wales has was established in 2015 by conservation photographer and bird of prey handler Lewis Phillips. He has been working in conservation, educating the public and flying birds for over ten years. Lewis has worked alongside many different conservation trusts in Britain and other countries around the world. We aspire to teach people about real issues that affect birds of prey in the wild.



Our other aims are to encourage education on habitat management and the politics that can affect birds of prey. But more than all of that we want you to have as much fun as possible with us while you are flying our birds of prey in the stunning countryside of Wales.

Currently Lewis is involved in an eight year book project documenting the demise of the old world vulture, this has taken us on many journeys where we have been fortunate to work great people and many birds of prey. Lewis has had great and enjoyable experiences whilst in the field, but there have been many down sides where bird fatalities have been devastating.




Having now experienced African and European trips while working with teams dedicated to improve vulture populations, we now want to pass all this information and experiences to our school visits and outdoor displays. Images on this page show the great people and friends that Lewis have met on his conservation travels regarding birds of prey, without these people birds like the vulture's would struggle to survive in the wild.



One of our newest programmes is the possible introduction of the White Tail Sea Eagle to the Welsh coastline. In 1908 this magnificent bird of prey became extinct form the UK. With lots of hard work they were re introduced back into Scotland's Outer Hebrides in the 1970's. With now a population of 100 pairs they are doing very well, and with a programme now in Southern Ireland the population is getting stronger in the UK. They do still face serious challenges with birds still being shot and poisoned to this very day. We hope that Florence our White Tail will be the flagship for the Welsh proposal.



We are also passionate about the art of falconry and strive to give people a great insight into our world heritage sport.

The Team

Bert



Barn Owls eat mostly voles, shrews, mice and sometimes rats.
Food is often swallowed whole – bits of fur and bone are then regurgitated (coughed up) as an owl pellet.
Barn Owls screech – they never hoot (that’s Tawny Owls).
The scientific Latin name for Barn Owl is Tyto alba alba.
Barn Owls have very long legs, toes and talons to help them to catch prey hidden under long grass.
Barn Owls usually hunt at night – even in total darkness they can find the smallest vole using their super-sensitive hearing.
Barn Owls’ large eyes are very sensitive too – they can quickly spot a mouse moving in a very gloomy barn.
Barn Owl feathers are super soft – this helps them to hunt silently, but they are not very waterproof and get soaked if it rains.
Barn Owls have lop-sided ears! One is higher than the other, which helps them to pinpoint exactly where tiny sounds are coming from.
A wild Barn Owl usually eats about 4 small mammals every night, that’s 1,460 per year!

Rupert

The Saker Falcon. This species has been up listed to Endangered because a revised population trend analysis indicates that it may be undergoing a very rapid decline. This negative trend is a result of unsustainable capture for the falconry trade, as well as habitat degradation and the impacts of agrochemicals, and the rate of decline appears to be particularly severe in the species's central Asian breeding grounds. This classification is highly uncertain and may be revised when new information becomes available. Surveys are urgently needed to produce more robust and less uncertain population estimates, in particular for China, Russia and Mongolia. Further research to monitor key populations and to clarify the extent of the threat from trapping and its effect on population trends is vital.

Harry

This species has been uplisted to Critically Endangered due to severe declines in parts of its range. Overall it is suspected to have undergone a very rapid decline owing to habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade, persecution, collision and poisoning.

Florence

The white-tailed eagle is the largest UK bird of prey. It has brown body plumage with a conspicuously pale head and neck which can be almost white in older birds, and the tail feathers of adults are white. In flight it has massive long, broad wings with 'fingered' ends. Its head protrudes and it has a short, wedge-shaped tail. It went extinct in the UK during the early 20th century, due to illegal killing, and the present population has been reintroduced.

Takora

Black-Chested Buzzard Eagles are blue-grey in colour with black and white markings. They have grey shoulders barred with black and a black to dark grey breast, while the belly and underparts are white and thinly barred. The wedge-shaped tail is black with a light grey terminal band. The wings are barred blue-grey and long and broad, a physical trait that is characteristic to the species. The head is grey to dark grey and the chin and throat are light grey. The feet, legs, and cere are yellow, and the eyes are brown.

Juveniles are dark brown to black, and the breast is heavily streaked. It takes 4-5 years for a juvenile to reach full adult plumage.

Pedro and Tracy

A handsome hawk of the arid Southwest, Harris’s Hawk is a standout with bold markings of dark brown, chestnut red, and white, long yellow legs, and yellow markings on its face. The most social of North American raptors, these birds are often found in groups, cooperatively attending nests and hunting together as a team. When hunting, a group of hawks surround their prey, flush it for another to catch, or take turns chasing it. This hawk’s social nature and relative ease with humans has made it popular among falconers and in education programs.

Ruby

This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.

Reg

Indian eagle owl, also known as Bengal eagle owl, is a species of owl that is closely related to the European eagle owl (once classified as its subspecies). As it name suggests - Indian eagle owl can be found across the Indian subcontinent. Indian eagle-owl inhabits rocky hills, semi-deserts, mango orchards and wooded scrublands. People in some parts of India believe that beating of hungry Indian eagle owl can force this bird to speak and predict destiny of its tormentor. Despite organized hunting due to false beliefs, number of Indian eagle owls is stable in the wild and this bird in not on the list of endangered animals.

Willow

The Ural owl is a medium-sized nocturnal owl of the genus Strix, with up to 15 subspecies found in Europe and northern Asia. The Ural owl is smaller than the great grey owl, and much larger than the tawny owl, which it superficially resembles.


We are the guardians of our birds, they are part of our family, but they also play a large role in providing education and an understanding of todays issues that birds face in the wild. We hope that into the future Wings Of Wales will expand into working along side local birding groups, national and international zoo's and conservation foundations around the world where we can carry on promoting the future of birds of prey and wildlife in general.

Please also feel free to view the photography websites of Lewis via the links below.
www.lewisphillipsimages.com