The Prince of Wales had a brush with a bald eagle as he dodged summer showers at the Sandringham Flower Show.
Charles held the two-year-old eagle, Zephyr, as he and the Duchess of Cornwall came to the end of their tour of the show at the Queen's Norfolk retreat.
As he held the bird, which weighs more than 10lbs, Zephyr flapped her wings and the Prince was almost clipped by her impressive four foot span.
Lisa Falco, from the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy in Billericay, Essex, said: "We are hoping Zephyr will become the official mascot of the Army Air Corps.
"We are awaiting royal approval so hopefully this meeting will help with that."