Rare Saker Falcon - Click To Enlarge

Rare Saker Falcon

The Saker Falcon is a large falcon, larger than the lanner falcon and almost as large as a gyrfalcon at 47–55 cm (19–22 in) length with a wingspan of 105–129 cm (41–51 in).  It is also in danger of extinction.

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

Adults are highly sought after for the sport of falconry and illegal captures have decreased their numbers to about 8,000 world wide.

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

There are many breeding programs to help maintain the number of adults, and ultimately have enough to stabilize the population.

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

We are lucky to have done several sessions with this bird. I make it a point to always post an article about them and the danger they face.

Photographs taken at the Center For Birds Of Prey, Awendaw, South Carolina.

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