"They are dangerous, but that is also part of the fascination"…
“When they fly to you, it's somehow a very good feeling. For just a couple of minutes one feels as though you actually dominate the animal."~Mirjam Hampel
Now monitoring this predator who (as prolific hunter) comes into contact with hundreds of prey daily, from a variety of birds. The Gyr Falcon attacks both on the ground and in air, as it migrates to North Africa in winter, spending summer months in Eastern Europe & Asia.
The sheer bulk of a Gyr brings one common complaint. All that heft puts a considerable burden on a creature's claws, which are prone to a condition called bumblefoot…if the perch material is inappropriate.
The other leading problem - aspergillosis - is a fungal lung infection exacerbated by the inherent trickiness of bringing a Siberian creature to the Gulf.
The majority of birds flown in Dubai are hybrids - predominantly Gyr/peregrines. Usually female birds are preferred - they are bigger and the houbara is a sizeable prey. Read more of this article about the different types of birds here.
Friday Ark #77!
...See the Cats, Birds, Dogs, etc.
Science and Politics
...I and the Bird