@RobertClarkphoto I had the opportunity to make a #portrait of this Saker #falcon, he was very cooperative and gentle.
The saker falcon (Falco cherrug) is a large species of falcon from central Europe eastwards across Asia to Manchuria. It is mainly #migratory except in the southernmost parts of its range, wintering in Ethiopia, the Arabian peninsula, northern #pakistan and western #china.
BirdLife International categorises this bird as #endangered, due to a rapid population decline, particularly on the central Asian breeding grounds. Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United Arab Emirates have been the main destination for thousands of falcons caught and sold illegally for hefty sums at the black market. #kazakhstan is estimated to lose up to 1,000 saker #falcons per year.