Total Raptor Experience

Total Raptor Experience, Ramona: Address, Phone Number, Total Raptor Experience Reviews: 5/5

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Free fly a trained bird of prey! Total Raptor Experience offers a full range of falconry classes and services on the sea cliffs of beautiful LaJolla and in the Ramona countryside. You can experience having a trained bird of prey come to your glove and learn about falconry, one of the world's oldest hunting traditions, and about raptor biology and conservation.
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Brian J
Wheaton, IL91 contributions
My eldest (adult) daughter and her husband live in Ramona; the rest of us were out here to see them on vacation. She set this up as a surprise for us (me). Oh, my goodness! What a treat! The docent is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We are all amateur ornithologists, but my youngest daughter is a biologist, and the docent picked up on that immediately and pivoted her talk to a higher level, which was great!!
Written July 26, 2021
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danrodgerson
St. George, UT157 contributions
Couples
Had an amazing experience learning about and handling a few different birds of prey. Instructors were quirky but engaging and informative. Reasonable price, relaxed atmosphere and some great memories/ photos.
Written September 23, 2018
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Patrizia M
San Diego, CA3 contributions
Family
The Total Raptor Experience was held in the morning on the grass of the Torrey Pines Gliderport, a wonderful location with view of the ocean, the Torrey Pines State Park nearby, and open skies!... I was there with my father visiting from Italy, and my teenager son, three generations enjoying an amazing experience!!
After an interesting introduction to falconry and its history, Antonella, Dave and Terry taught us how to receive and hold a Harris’s hawk as it flew from glove to glove!! It was truly exciting to have a Harris’s hawk flying on our gloved harm and to direct him to the next person!!... Dave, Antonella and Terry handled the experience with remarkable ease and profound knowledge, and, last but not least, with a clear passion for falconry and love for the birds!!! Definitely a wonderful and unusual close and hands-on encounter that can be exciting for any diverse age group!
Written December 20, 2017
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Jon F
Orange County, CA8 contributions
Couples
I would give 6 stars to this company if I could. I literally can not say enough good things about Dave and his company.

I was ecstatic to learn that this unique sport had made its way over from Nepal to my backyard in San Diego. There are only a few places on this planet where you can experience Parahawking and I am so glad I picked Total Raptor Experience to give me an introduction into Parahawking.

The day began with a demonstration of how the raptors are trained, fed. You get a brief lesson as well. After all, you need to learn how to be a reliable flying partner for the bird. My flying partner was a 3-year-old female falcon named "Sophie". Seeing her up close, watching the little nuances of her movements, was a treat in itself. The hawks are cool to watch on the ground but they are mesmerizing once they take flight into the air.

When we launched our tandem paraglider off the cliffs of Torrey Pines, I was left almost speechless. Flying out over the sandy terrain with the Pacific Ocean sparkling under me was stunning. It's a beautiful view but, when the falcon joined us in mid-air, the experienced became something entirely out of this world.

Falcons are ethereal in the air. The can dive at 90 mph or they can delicately perch on a landing rod (where my modified Go Pro was conveniently positioned). For nearly 30 minutes, I watched this incredible bird in its element, I got to see the smallest details of its mid-flight behavior up close; it was such a privilege.

Spectators on the beach and cliffs kept cheering up at us during the flight. The bird deserves all the credit. It really captivates everyone on the entire cliff and getting a front-row seat in the air and on the ground with it was such a worthwhile way to spend my day.

If that were not enough, Dave and his team are a true pleasure to be around. They are all kind and considerate and really make the effort to make you feel safe, make sure you have fun, and pass along a little knowledge about Falcons along the way. I am immensely grateful to Total Raptor Experience for making my first Parahawking experience (it will definitely not be my last) so much fun.

Thank you Dave, I had a blast and my pictures and videos turned out amazing!
Written August 24, 2018
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Daniel
Del Mar, CA3 contributions
Family
The Total Raptor Experience was an incredible activity to do in San Diego. Not only was it in a beautiful location, but you actually get to have the bird fly to and from your hand several times, with ample photo opportunities. The hosts Dave and Antonella even give a talk about the birds and the environment before they start so you can learn as much as possible. They are very friendly teachers that make the experience of holding a hawk or falcon on your arm even more memorable. Highly recommend for a one of a kind experience.
Written January 6, 2018
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Giles F
4 contributions
Family
Say YES to an opportunity to spend time next to HAWKS, OWLS and FALCONS.
Up close and personal - it's a thrill to be in the company of these birds.

Great experience for Couples, Families with BOTH young Kids and moody teens, take a friend or come alone!

Dave, Antonella and Terry have dedicated many years of their lives in training and learning about these birds, each time I spend time with them I learn so much, and have so much fun!

Thanks TotalRaptorExperience...
Written December 18, 2017
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Gloria C
6 contributions
Solo
Parahawking was a once in a life time experience. You can parahawk with Fly with a Bird through Total Raptor Experience. Dave and his wife (who own Fly with a Bird) are an incredible team! You can tell Dave really cares for his birds, and he’s very knowledgeable about the species. The birds are fed very well. Dave even kept using his hand to wipe the birds beak and feet to make sure they’re clean- you can really see how well he cares for them. Parahawking simulates wild hunting for these birds & the birds actually prefer flying with him because they are protected from other predators in the air; though they will fly off on their own sometimes which is cool to watch too! I flew with Bonco, a falcon who has been training for 4 years so he’s very used to this interaction and spent most of the time in the air with us. He went off and chased another bird out of the “territory” for a while too which was so cool to see! Bonco is very friendly and honestly seems to love parahawking. When I was finished, Bonco went back with the other two birds- one of whom seemed very jealous that she didn’t get to parahawk so Dave’s wife took her out by herself. These two treat their birds so well! And it is so amazing to paraglide with a bird swooping around either side of you- it makes the experience so much more interesting. This is something everyone should try at least once. I’d absolutely recommend parahawking with Fly With a Bird and I hope I’ll be back soon!

The weather, though it was January, was about 70 degrees with just enough wind for parahawking. Dave was able to give me a good % chance about 2 days beforehand though in the summer, you should be able to reserve a time even sooner. The weather in La Jolla is always good so you shouldn’t worry too much. There is a nude beach, a black sand beach, UC San Diego, wave pools, and a beautiful cliff trail within walking distance. Dave pointed out all these things with directions on how to reach them. He also recommended a seal beach that was 15 mins away that was amazing too! I only wish they sold Parahawking souvenirs. Bring your own go pro or SD card (if you don’t have one, Dave can provide one) to take pictures with.
Written January 15, 2019
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gvaeva
san diego, ca.26 contributions
Couples
I got the Basic Falconry class for my husbands birthday. He said it was the best present ever! Terry's facility in Ramona is so interesting and her skills as a falconer are exceptional. She also makes the hands on experience so much fun. She is a knowledgeable and very very nice person. There are all kinds of animals to see while you are there. Birds, an owl, alpaca, tortoises, exotic birds, chickens, pigs, horse, emu, so many. And the place is extremely clean. You can tell Terry loves these animals and loves what she does. They are also getting a little house ready to be a air b&b, which will be so much fun to stay in. Highly recommend Total Raptor Experience.
Written December 19, 2018
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Thank you!!!
Written December 20, 2018
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Sue
Northampton, MA5 contributions
Couples
We decided to take a Falconry lesson at the Torres Pines Gliderport last minute! Antonella accommodated our last minute request, was super easy to communicate with and extremely responsive! We are so glad we discovered this gem on our last day in San Diego - it was just THE BEST! My husband and I loved learning about the birds and interacting with them so up close. Dave and Antonella are kind, sweet and knowledgable, and we really enjoyed this experience. Hope to do it again when we are back in the area!
Written November 25, 2018
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emcguirk2017
San Clemente, CA18 contributions
Family
Go! Just go to Ramona and experience Ms. Terri the Master Falconer in her element. Incredible. My 11 year old son had fall break and we booked a private interaction with Ms Terri and her birds. We were able to have the birds fly to us and my son used a lure. I credible to see a raptor swoop and eat in front of you! But, there was more. We were able to interact with another raptor and beautiful owl too. We also saw two 150 lb tortoise that we had the privilege to feed and watched Ms Terri hug her emu and a goose. This lady is loving, super smart and so knowledgeable. If your kids like animals and can follow directions and are brave enough to be next to a raptor, you will be blessed by this experience. Worth every penny. If you are an adult, you will learn and see things that are so cool. Amazing. Truly unique and fun. Just a little way from SN Diego animal park, and a true interactive experience.
Written October 22, 2018
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Thank you, glad you enjoyed your time with our birds!
Written October 23, 2018
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