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.
Adults are highly sought after for the sport of falconry and illegal captures have decreased their numbers to about 8,000 world wide.
There are many breeding programs to help maintain the number of adults, and ultimately have enough to stabilize the population.
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.