The Falcon Is A Greatly Loved Bird In The Uae

Falcon is a bird that can survive in the hardh clinate of UAE and the Sheiks love it as a status symbol
The Falcon is a Greatly Loved Bird in the UAE
Source - Self photo of the author with a Falcon

The Falcon is a majestic bird. It is from the eagle family but is more intelligent and swifter. It can soar to a height of three to four thousand feet and is a carnivorous bird that eyes its prey from a great height and then swoops down on the hapless victim. It has telescopic sight and can see from great heights even a small anilal like a baby hare. The falcon is a prized possession and rich sheikhs keep many of them as pets. The falcon cannot however be completely domesticared and given an option will fly away. Most Shiekhs

will tie one leg of the falcon to a small stake that restrict the bird from flying away.

Many falcons are displayed in carnivals and festivals. Its a popular pastime

and great memorabilia for a tourist to photograph him with the falcon on his arm. One should however be careful to cover ones arm with a protective lining or otherwise the talons of the bird can sink into the skin. It could lead to an injury.

I had an opportunity to visit many exhibitions and watching the falcon carefully. I have got at least a dozen photos of which one is published along with this post. The falcon is a hunting bird  and lives up to its name. Many fighter squadrons name themselves as "Falcons". The UAE is the home of the falcon and the bird is greatly prized. Owning a few falcon adds to stature of the locals.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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  • samir  20-09-2017
    Falcon is a nice bird and yes it is found in many Arabian homes as a pet. I have seen in many movies the Arabian guy with a falcon on his hand. Do falcon harm people?
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