Photo Gallery: Birds of Prey in Goshen

June 13, 2016 3:46 pm Last Updated: June 13, 2016 3:46 pm

GOSHEN—It’s a big responsibility to own a bird of prey, and master falconer Thomas Cullen has almost 100 of them at his home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Goshen. In May he brought some of them out for a show-and-tell as part of a fundraiser for the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which included a cheetah named Adaeze and her dog companion Odie from the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut. Birds of prey are defined as birds that hunt with their feet instead of their beaks and there are around 700 different species, Cullen said. He breeds and trains them to go hunting with him, a sport called falconry that dates back at least 2,000 years, he said.

A 4-week old boobook owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A 4-week old boobook owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Two 4-week-old Boobook owls in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Two 4-week-old Boobook owls in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Falconer Tom Cullen holding Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Falconer Tom Cullen holding Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Falconer Tom Cullen holding Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Falconer Tom Cullen holding Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Cain, a 2.5-year-old crowned eagle from Tanzania in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A Eurasian eagle owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A Eurasian eagle owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Two eaurasian eagle owls in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Two Eurasian eagle owls in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A Eurasian eagle owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A Eurasian eagle owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A barbery and saker falcon hybrid in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A barbery and saker falcon hybrid in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A barbery and saker falcon hybrid in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A barbery and saker falcon hybrid in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cricket, a 1-year-old female boobook owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Cricket, a 1-year-old female boobook owl in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Falconer Tom Cullen holds a Eurasian eagle owl at his home in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Falconer Tom Cullen holds a Eurasian eagle owl at his home in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A peregrine falcon in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A peregrine falcon in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Two 3-week-old falcon hybrids in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Two 3-week-old falcon hybrids in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Two 3-week-old falcon hybrids in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Two 3-week-old falcon hybrids in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A 6-week-old Lanner falcon in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A 6-week-old Lanner falcon in Goshen on May 14, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)