Birds of prey from a Northumberland centre have been rubbing shoulders with Kate Moss.
Owls from Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre near Berwick have taken part in a photoshoot with Kate, the results of which have been published in Vogue magazine.
They have also worked with other supermodels, including Cara Delevingne, and appeared in shoots to promote top fashion brands such as Vivien Westwood, Gucci and Versace.
Andy last night welcomed the birds’ fame and said it provided welcome publicity for the centre.
He has run the facility at Haggerston riding stables with business partner Juanita Servin for the last year.
The shoots came about following a link-up with top fashion photographer Tim Walker.
Andy said: “Tim actually came to the centre and asked if we would be interested in doing any work.
“We went along with him and we have had a good rapport with him ever since.”
Tim has photos of all the centre’s birds and picks those he wants for each shoot.
The first saw Andy transport six owls, including Tinko, a Southern white-faced scops, to a property in Oxford for a shoot with Cara Delevingne for Mulberry.
An eight-foot high image of Cara with Tinko from the session can be seen at House of Fraser in Newcastle.
Then in June, Andy took Doodley – a three-week-old British little owl – and two others, to Eglingham Hall near Alnwick for the shoot for Vogue with Kate.
The little owl was taken as a reserve but was the only bird used.
Andy said of Kate: “She was lovely – she was nice to speak to.
“She was dead open, no bother at all.
“Out of the three of them (the birds have worked with a third model), she was the one who was a bit more timid.
“She was just not so sure.”
Andy had to keep news of the shoot secret until last month when the edition carrying the results hit the shelves.
He has put pictures from the various sessions on the walls of the centre.
Andy said: “To work with the best, it is quite an achievement, really.
“It is not everybody that does it. Well, not me, the birds!”
He said of the publicity: “It does not do any harm.”