The saker falcon is a larger falcon at 19-22 inches (47-55 cm) in length and a wing span of 41-51 inches (105-129 cm). It has a wide range through asia to the middle east. However there are few birds remaining.
A female Saker is considered the premier hunter of all raptors. This is the problem since a black market exists for adult females. It also means they are not mating in the wild.
However on the other side of the Falconry issue there is a breeding program to maintain the species.
These images were taken of a female that was born in captivity and is part of a breeding program.
Hoods are used to keep the birds calm.