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Saker Falcon

By Maiwand
The Saker falcon (falco cherung)

The Saker Falcon is a raptor of open grasslands preferably with some trees or cliffs. It often hunts by horizontal pursuit, rather than the Peregrine's stoop from a height, and feeds mainly on rodents and birds. In Europe, Ground Squirrels and feral pigeons are the most common prey items. This species usually builds no nest of its own, but lays its 3-6 eggs in an old stick nest in a tree which was previously used by other birds such as storks, ravens or buzzards. It also often nests on cliffs.
(courtesy Wikipedia)
This bird is of course a captive bird and resides at that superb place -- the Hawk Conservacy Trust at Weyhill.

My very grateful thanks for all the wonderful c/c's on the Starling. I am indebted to you all. Particular thanks to John (johnke), Mike (Mike Smith), Stace (stace), David (johnjo58), Ken (franken) and Peter (jaktis) for the User Awards.


Tags: Wildlife Nature Falcon Bird Pets and captive animals Hct

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11 Mar 2013 7:01PM
Super in flight capture..............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 7:05PM
Bingo, I was nearly firstWink great shot Ron
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 7:10PM
A good turn of the head, bringing the catch-light to the eye

A fine in-flight shot Ron

CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
11 Mar 2013 7:12PM
An excellent capture, Ron. Carol
11 Mar 2013 7:14PM
Excellent capture Ron, great composition and detail,
johnke 4 223 15
11 Mar 2013 7:23PM
Hi Ron, not easy to do but this BIF image is again fantastic. Presentation is exemplary...John
Ted447 Plus
4 197 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 7:23PM
A beautiful well taken image.TedGrinGrin
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
11 Mar 2013 7:32PM
Thank you all.
11 Mar 2013 7:37PM
stunning shot
MossyOak 5 22 15 England
11 Mar 2013 7:52PM
Showing good plumage detail Ron. You did we'll to get this speed merchant so well in the frame. How much did you have to crop
OAKEY 9 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 7:54PM
Great capture Ron.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
11 Mar 2013 7:54PM

Quote:Showing good plumage detail Ron. You did we'll to get this speed merchant so well in the frame. How much did you have to crop

Best for me to send you the original when I have a moment Richard.
11 Mar 2013 7:59PM
Superb in flight capture!
11 Mar 2013 8:05PM
Excellent detail
User_Removed 4 4 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 8:06PM
Nice one Ron, stunning detail and so colourful.

Greyheron 15 282 7 England
11 Mar 2013 8:30PM
A finely detailed inflight capture Ron - great camerawork...

johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 8:57PM
These birds are really fast so you have done really well here Ron
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
11 Mar 2013 9:48PM
Very good in-flight capture - like the angle it's flying at here.

RonnieAG Plus
7 154 116 Scotland
11 Mar 2013 10:05PM
An informative narrative accompanying this fine in-flight shot, Ron.
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
11 Mar 2013 10:05PM
Super image Ron.

ColinEJ 10 21 17 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 1:14AM
Excellent in flight shot of "Drifter", with spot on exposure and position in the frame.
Ray42 8 3 England
12 Mar 2013 7:24AM
An excellent capture Ron - great plumage detail - done exceptionally well considering the speed they go
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Mar 2013 9:06AM
fantastic. Took me half an hour to get a shot half as good as that!!
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
12 Mar 2013 10:08AM
What a beauty this is Ron !! Excellent !
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 10:49AM
Great shot
well timed Ron, I keep trying for these,
but too slow!
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
12 Mar 2013 11:16AM
Beautiful subject matter, and fantastic detail considering the bird is in flight as well, very well done.

Best Matt
12 Mar 2013 11:32AM
Superb in flight shot Ron, not as easy as some might think, lovely detail and like the composition, top marks Wink
A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 12:00PM
beautifully captured in flight image. excellent detail.
Meheecho 4 275 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 1:16PM
A fine well detailed capture
MossyOak 5 22 15 England
12 Mar 2013 2:04PM
Many thanks Ron, just looked at the original. Your marksman eyes were in for this one. Great tracking and capture.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
12 Mar 2013 6:47PM
Thanks everyone.
12 Mar 2013 6:47PM
Now that wasn't easy Ron, excellent capture mate Wink
Mike_Smith Plus
9 364 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 9:37PM
Cracking sharp inflight shot Ron
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
12 Mar 2013 9:47PM
Excellent flight shot Ron.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 9:15PM
WOW! fantastic shot Ron.
LexEquine 10 19 United States
13 Mar 2013 9:39PM
Fantastic in-flight Falcon Capture ~
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 3:13PM
Not only is it a beautiful bird, but also a very well taken image. Great against that blue bg.
AnnJ Plus
5 5 Scotland
14 Mar 2013 4:50PM
Beautifully captured. Ann.
14 Mar 2013 11:34PM
Superb capture Ron. Excellent detail.
User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 8:59AM
A beautifully detailed capture.

Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
15 Mar 2013 1:55PM
Thanks everyone.
NeilWigan Plus
6 15 16 England
15 Mar 2013 11:37PM
A very well captured shot Ron ,great detail.
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
16 Mar 2013 9:59AM
A perfectly timed and composed in flight capture, Ron. Lovely plumage detail and patterning showing to perfection on the outstretch wingspan and fanned tail.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
19 Mar 2013 9:41PM
An exceptional inflight capture Ron, this beautiful and majestic raptor stands out so well against that clear blue sky
senn Plus
5 5 1 Belgium
22 Mar 2013 3:08PM
fabulous capture here, Ron ..
22 Mar 2013 3:45PM
Superb flight capture Ron. A

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