After seeing how I had missed a pretty nice Kestrel photograph I went back to this Saker Falcon. While I did publish a photo most never saw the light of day.
A bird this rare deserves any publicity it can get. On the verge of extinction due to it’s great skill as a hunter. Adults, not young, are captured and trained for falconry. This leaves fewer in the wild to mate and carry on the species.
Black market prices are in the 3/4 million dollar range.
Their special skill as a hunter will be the cause of their loss. Pretty sad.
This bird is part of a breeding program.