Rare Saker Falcon - Click To Enlarge

Rare Saker Falcon

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.

Rare Saker Falcon - Click To Enlarge
Rare Saker Falcon – Click To Enlarge

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.

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