Bokhara the Golden Eagle seen in flight at Great Witchingham, Norfolk.
Great Witchingham, Norfolk.
M/S and C/U of an amazing Golden Eagle called Bokhara, tethered to a pole in a garden. M/S as Bokhara's owner Philip Ware comes into shot; the eagle flies onto his arm and is fitted with a hood. C/U of the bird's talons; Philip walks off with the bird.
M/S of a large Eagle Owl. Philip and Bokhara are seen at the cage of a Malayan Sun Bear; Philip takes the hood off the eagle briefly so he gets used to seeing other animals without attacking them.
Philip places Bokhara in the back of a Land Rover and his wife, Patricia, drives it off. C/U of the Eagle Owl watching. Philip walks across a field, takes a canvas lure containing pieces of meat out of his satchel, blows a whistle and starts swinging the lure around. This is his signal for Patricia to release the eagle; she is presumably a fair distance away. She takes Bokhara's hood off and he flies to Philip.
Great M/S of Bokhara swooping along quite close to the ground and landing on the lure. He starts eating, with his amazing wings spread out to protect his meat. Philip gets him back onto his arm by holding a piece of meat and replaces the hood.
Note: On file is a magazine article about Bokhara, plus notes on the eagle and Mr and Mrs Wayre. The couple owned the Ornamental Pheasant Trust, where this film was shot; it can be seen in more detail in CP 278 - Pheasant Trust.