Bird of Prey
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|I love birds of prey, and go to falconry displays whenever the chance presents itself. Therefore, I am ashamed to say that I am not sure of this bird's identity, hence the general title of the picture. I think it's a kestrel, but unless it's a young one, the colouring is wrong cos I thought they were predominantly brown. This one is grey with a brown head. Could be it's the different colour of the sexes? A male maybe? I hope someone can enlighten me.|
Falconry is the second oldest field sport in the world and was originally introduced over 4000 years ago using larger birds of prey such as eagles to provide meat for the dinner table. It then became the sport of Kings and Queens who used to participate in falconry whilst riding horseback.
Birds of prey are extremely lazy and will only fly for five main reasons: to hunt, to mark territory, to migrate, to find a breeding partner and for a passage bird (up to 12 months old) to look for its own territory. The rest of the time they will perch, slowly digesting any food they have eaten.
This little guy was flexing his wings and I wanted to get up close and personal so I zoomed in.
Anyway, this is another shot from the Falconry Display area at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in Devon.
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- [2005-08-23 6:54]
Prachtige foto !! Heel mooi in beeld gebracht zo.
Beautiful image with great focus and POV.
Looks more like a peregrine or a lanner (or maybe a cross breed!)
- [2005-08-24 2:27]
A beautiful shot of this falcon. I love that eye contact. Great POV.
Well done and TFS. : )