photographs by Douglas Herr
Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug)

Biology:

Saker Falcons are native to Eurasia, where populations have suffered serious declines due to loss of prey species habitat and removal from the wild for the middle eastern falconry trade. Falconers in Europe and North America use captive-bred birds and prize this species for its ferocity, often attacking prey larger than itself. It will prey on a wide range of animals, mainly rodents, or birds such as pigeons, partridges, etc.

Photographic notes:

These birds are in the care of members of the California Hawking Club; these photographs were made during the club's annual field meet in January 2006, which was held in Sacramento. The weather during the field meet was wet and blustery, excellent flying weather for these large powerful falcons. The birds often tested the wind with their wings, rising a foot or so above the perches they were teathered to.
Testing the wind
Leicaflex SL2, 280mm f/4.0 APO-Telyt-R, Fujichrome Provia 400F
A crow flies overhead
Leicaflex SL2, 280mm f/4.0 APO-Telyt-R, Fujichrome Provia 400F
Leicaflex SL2, 280mm f/4.0 APO-Telyt-R, Fujichrome Provia 400F
A light color phase Saker tests the wind
Leicaflex SL2, 280mm f/4.0 APO-Telyt-R, Fujichrome Provia 400F


Text and photographs Copyright (C) 2006 Douglas Herr
last updated February 9, 2006