During the summer season, Easter to September, the daily events include two amazing flying shows.
At 12noon every day (weather permitting) you can see the ‘Eagles of Paradise Display’
The amazing summer ‘Eagles of Paradise’ display gives you the opportunity to see birds like Archie the Bald Eagle close up as they fly over and around you during these very informative and interesting flying displays.
One of the highlights at Paradise Park goes by the name of Dino, a Red-legged Seriema, who loves nothing more than showing off to the crowds.
Curator David Woolcock said “Dino can actually fly if he wanted too, but even when this species is under threat or startled in the wild, they would much rather run than fly, and can easily reach speeds of 25-40 km per hour. Some have been known to get up to an amazing 70 km per hour (44mph).”
Dino was born here at the Park and is a brilliant character and loves taking part in the show. A real favourite of visitors is when he demonstrates how he ‘prepares’ a lizard for eating, by bashing it on the ground – using a toy rubber lizard of course. Seriemas also eat snakes, rodents, insects and other small vertebrates as well as occasionally corn grains, green leaves and wild fruit. So quite a varied diet. And he can get up to quite a speed when he enters and leaves the show. We have added some accompanying music for him and he runs off ‘stage right’ at the end to Chariots of Fire!
The Eagles of Paradise Display also features Archie the Bald Eagle, Bruno the Eagle Owl, Andros the Harris Hawk and Bong the Kookaburra all demonstrating their amazing flying abilities right above the heads of the on-looking crowd of people and even sometimes flying in-between them!
At 3:30pm every day (weather permitting) you can see the ‘Free Flying Bird Show’.
This show gives our presenters an opportunity to explain natural bird behaviours in a wonderfully entertaining way. The birds may vary but you will usually see a large, colourful macaw circle the stage before landing – this shows how important colour is for parrots, and then how the beak and feet work together in gathering and eating food. Other parrots help the presenters explain the role of parrot conservation and biodiversity, and how much care pet birds need. You may also see Dave the Otter showing off his skills with a keeper, or a Kea parrot demonstrating recycling!
Visitors can’t help falling in love with the pale, silent Barn Owl as he demonstrates his astonishing ability to pinpoint sound. The kookaburras show their incredible natural reaction to snakes, and sometimes use visitors with hats as perches!
New birds with different skills are often introduced to the Free Flying Bird Show, all trained using ‘positive re-enforcement’, and visitors are invited to come up on stage to give a donation to the World Parrot Trust in a unique way! Please see the video below.
Please note that the daily shows are subject to change or cancellation due to weather (high winds/heavy rain).