Captive Birds of Prey

Birds, conservation, desert, Emirates, Life, Middle East, natural history, nature, predator, raptor, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Birds of Prey, photographed at a bird of prey sanctuary

animals, Birds, conservation, desert, Life, Middle East, natural history, nature, Photography, predator, raptor, Uncategorized, Wildlife
Desert Eagle Owl

Desert Eagle Owl



Lappet-Faced Vulture


Peregrine Falcon


Greater Spotted Eagle


Lappet-Faced Vulture


Barn Owl



Outsourcing the Instinct to Hunt

Arabia, Bedouin, Birds, Emirates, People, Photography, Portraits, Travel Photography, Uncategorized


With the intense eyes, the long stately face, and the taciturn demeanour, this subject is a natural. Underneath the mantle of the modern man in a newly-modern desert kingdom there is still a vestige of the old Bedouin culture.


You can take the man out of the desert, but you cannot take the desert out of the man.


His partner-in-crime, the peregrine falcon (the one you see here in the picture is a smaller sub-species of its European cousin, adapted better forĀ a hot, arid climate) is often captured in the desert, then trained by the Bedouin falconer to catch and return.


The bird is revered in Arabia for its speed, its agile grace in flight and of course its beauty.