Not content with posing alongside one supermodel this year, owls from Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre have also done a shoot with Kate Moss.
The birds from the Haggerston visitor attraction near Berwick were used alongside model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne in May when she did a photo shoot for Mulberry in Oxford.
But they didn’t have to travel as far to rub shoulders with Moss, one of the world’s most famous models.
The shoot took place in August at Eglingham Hall, ten miles south east of Wooler, but Andy and his team had to keep it under wraps until the pictures were published in the latest issue of ‘Vogue’ magazine, out this month.
The involved Andy and three of his owls – Doodley, Dudley and Timko – working with noted fashion photographer Tim Walker. Like the shoot with Delevingne, it was another great experience.
“For me, Tim has got to be the best in the business,” Andy enthused.
“Tim knows just what he wants; some of his out there ideas are quite out there, but the results are amazing.
“We spent a day on set with Kate, and the owls were all very well behaved. In the end it was Doodley who was used the most and he was only three weeks old at the time.”
Having worked in the industry for well over 20 years now, Moss is used to posing with all sorts of objects and animals.
However, Andy revealed that she did take a little while to warm to the owls.
“Cara was much more instant with them, whereas you could tell Kate was a bit nervous at first,” he explained.
“But she got comfortable with them and the shoot went really well.
“She was such a lovely lass as well. Just like one of the girls.
“I spoke to her a few times when she was out for a tea and fag break and she had no snobbishness about her at all, or any attitude.”
Andy is keen to work with Tim Walker again and is waiting to hear from his secretary with a view to lining up more projects for next year.