Keeping the RA's Annenberg Courtyard relatively pigeon-free so visitors can enjoy the outdoor cafe without fending off skyborne raids is an ongoing effort, and it's the ancient art of falconry that best does the trick.
Regular flyovers by visiting birds of prey let the pigeons know they're not welcome - fortunately for pigeon lovers and the squeamish though, it's strictly deterrent-only.
Today was Hawk Day - always a cause of excitement at the RA. We particularly liked the juxtaposition of visiting Harris Hawk 'Mabel'
settling on one of the huge hare sculptures (by the late Barry Flanagan RA) that are in place for the Summer Exhibition - predator and prey in a rare moment of harmony. Watch the video of Mabel's visit below: