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Week 2 – Falcon | National Bird of the UAE

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Falcon is the national bird of UAE and is a symbol of force and courage, recognizing the importance of falconry in Arab tradition and culture. The falcon species has always been regarded as a very uncommon and shy bird, and it is very rarely met with by amateur birdwatchers (Ali 1968). Arabs constitute 1/3rd part of the world’s falconers. Falcons are fast flying hunters suited for taking prey in the air. In this pesticide era they are facing serious ecological risks, as their position is at the top of the biological pyramids.

Falcons are strong, fast fliers with great aerial agility. They seldom soar in the manner of hawks. The peregrine has been clocked at 290 km/h (180 mph) in a stoop, or dive. This speed and agility make falcons successful hunters of birds, reptiles, and small mammals. A number of species, however, are insectivorous or eaters of carrion. Although falcons strike or grasp their prey with their sharp claws, they generally kill the captured prey with their beaks. The short-winged hawks kill with their claws.


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  • Reply Matthew Curry

    Brilliant picture!

    March 31, 2013 at 10:13 am
  • Reply neenz87

    I loove that pic. Perfect timing!. The falcon’s wings are outspread. Beautiful!

    March 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm
    • Reply findmeabreak

      Haha It isn’t so obvious that I’m struggling to keep up. Special thanks to the guy who assisted me πŸ™‚

      March 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm
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  • Reply tokyomike55

    Very cool pic! I really gotta get to Dubai some day just to see it. I’ll be sure to check out your blog for intel before I do!

    April 8, 2013 at 7:42 am
    • Reply findmeabreak

      Thank you! You should visit. It truly is a lovely place. πŸ™‚

      April 8, 2013 at 9:27 am
      • Reply tokyomike55

        Actually, my ex has lived there for about 8 years now. She says she’s getting a bit tired of the city — too much glamor she says. lol But it sounds amazing to me!

        April 8, 2013 at 9:30 am
        • Reply findmeabreak

          Well yeah, it depends on how you see it. For me, I find it very safe and convenient but I can’t deny I missed the tropical country that I have grown up with – Philippines. Looking forward for my holiday this September. Thanks for the tip btw, me and my boyfriend are planning to stay in Boracay for a week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

          April 8, 2013 at 9:36 am
          • tokyomike55

            You’ll LOVE Boracay if you haven’t been there before. I was planning to go back my last trip but only made it to Palawan. Also a cool place to visit — well, El Nido is. Anyway, happy travels!

            April 8, 2013 at 11:24 am
          • findmeabreak

            Thanks! It’ll be my first time in Boracay and will visit Palawan as well as my parents are living there. πŸ™‚

            April 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm
          • tokyomike55

            For Boracay, I suggest staying in the Station 3 area, close-ish to Station 2. Have a great trip.

            April 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Evening Desert Safari | Dubai | Find Me A Break | Reviews | Dubai, UAE

    […] I caught one man holding a Falcon, being so nosy he suddenly held it on top my arm and said I can take pictures as much as I want. I was a bit scared thinking the Falcon might be agressive. Of course it was tamed but I can’t stare at it face to face. After the brief picture taking, he then said: “Ten dirhams!” It was a bit shocking. I should have asked first but it was worth it though since I got decent photos with the UAE’s national bird – the Falcon. […]

    April 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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  • Reply Jojit S Las

    Nice shot

    April 16, 2013 at 5:11 am
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