Research & Development

Full Flight constantly strives to improve current raptor management methods. We are always working to develop strategies to improve our training, breeding, and husbandry programs.
By studying traditional falconry techniques and merging them with modern veterinary and zoological techniques, we are able to develop even greater skills and tools for our craft. 

Checking fertile eggs


In 2015, Full Flight began a new research project (permit no. 10007595) in conjunction with Federation University and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

This project is the first of its kind in Australia, and is undertaken with cooperation from a number of industry leaders. This research project aims to scientifically evaluate how the presence of a trained raptor influences pest bird abundance in agricultural and industrial landscapes.

The project involves proactive, non-lethal control of pest birds by exploiting common behaviour patterns. The targeted species will be exposed to a natural situation of a predator scare for a brief period, and birds will be allowed to react to this threat.

Importantly, the technique under trial here raises fewer ethical concerns than many of the current practises for pest bird damage mitigation.

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