Show and Tell #27 - Lloyd and Rose Buck

Our Life with Birds
14 January 2018

Lloyd Buck has been training birds for more than two decades. Over the years he and his wife Rose have been involved with over a hundred different film and television productions. Lloyd and Rose are the world's experts at in-flight and tracking filming with birds.

They have devoted their lives to taking care of birds. It’s not often you see birds on stage in a theatre and even more rare to see one flying over the audience but ‘Our Life with Birds’ on Friday 2 February promises to give audiences a rare opportunity to meet Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, hawks, owls, starlings and many more - all raised and trained with the utmost loving care by bird handlers Lloyd and Rose Buck.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Rose: My idea of perfect happiness is flying alongside my swans on Loch Lomond, watching them looking at me in flight and seeing that perfect trust in their eyes.
Lloyd: Sitting over the Moore with the geese/swans in the summer.

What lies at the heart of your own desire to do your creative work?
Rose: To merge my love of birds with my love of the outdoors
Lloyd: Being able to accomplish new sequences with the birds.

What are the first things you do in developing an idea in response to a subject?
Rose: we talk it through with each other, bouncing ideas around .
Lloyd: Talk about it with Rose.

What’s your favourite film and why?
Rose: favourite film so far is "loving Vincent", it moved me to tears, the creativity of Vincent Van Gogh, the magnificent spectacle of seeing all the action depicted as paintings, marvelling at the sheer amount of work involved and the sadness that he wasn't recognised as a great painter in his lifetime.
Lloyd: 'Loving Vincent' because of the amazing animation, a very clever idea.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Rose: Schubert impromptu no3, 'Barcelona ' Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Cabelle ,'sailing by' Ronald Binge (theme tune for the shipping forcast)
Lloyd: Emile Sande ‘Clown'

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
Rose: William Henry Davis ,Leisure’: what is this life if, full of care we have no time to stand and stare’
I am a great believer in sometimes just doing nothing,I often stand and stare at the sunset whilst putting the birds away.
Lloyd: Haven't got one.

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
Rose: I would come back as a cloud,floating around,doing nothing, wafting about with the wind.
Lloyd: Golden eagle

What is your greatest extravagance?
Rose: Going to see Cirque du Soleil once a year.
Lloyd:  Cirque du Soleil

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Rose: Being outside and able to connect with the seasons, the feel of the wind before a storm, the smell of snow in the air, the sweet fragrance of hay drying in the fields.
Lloyd: Playing the piano accompanied by the starlings.

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?
Rose: “Loving Vincent" it really made me want to pick up a paintbrush again after many years, Lloyd bought me a set of oil paints for Christmas but I haven't had time to start yet.
Lloyd: ‘Kingdom of the Ice Bear’ by Hugh Miles and Mike Salisbury.

Favourite website/blog?
Rose: I don't go on websites or blogs
Lloyd: Haven't got one.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Rose: don't be a busy fool
Lloyd: If you lose a bird don't go too far, it will usually be within 1/2mile.

Piece of equipment you can’t live without?
Rose: my scales for weighing my starlings
Lloyd: Falconry glove

Best recent read?
Rose: ‘Cider with Rosie’ by Laurie Lee, although I have read this at least a dozen times I never tire of it.
Lloyd: ‘Woman in Blue and White’ by Janet Doolaege

What is your final word?
Rose: goodbye
Lloyd: Who you are is the teacher not what you do.