UAE 2020 Falcons

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United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai. Humaid Al Tayer (R) is a rich Emirati man with a passion for falcons. He is the owner of A&H Falcons which take parts in various falcons' competitions in the UAE. On a remote desert area, he kneels down close to his Gyr-Peregrine falcon. The dead duck was used as a prey tied on a rope and pulled by a remote controlled airplane. As part of daily training, the hawk flies behind the plane and tries to catch a prey tied on a rope. Once catched and back on the ground, the bird receives raw meat as reward. Humaid Al Tayer and his worker (L) control the bird eating. The animal does not receive duck meat because it is too fat. The falcon is following a strict diet in order to be a successful competitor. Both men wear the traditional white thobes. A thawb (thobe, dishdasha, kandora) is an ankle-length garment, usually with long sleeves, similar to a robe, kaftan or tunic, commonly worn in the Arabian Peninsula. The headdress is called ghutrah. The Gyr Peregrine falcon is a hybrid of the world’s largest hawk, the Gyrfalcon and the third largest hawk, the Peregrine falcon. Falcons are birds of prey in the genus Falco, which includes about 40 species. Adult falcons have thin, tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and change direction rapidly. Additionally, they have keen eyesight for detecting food at a distance or during flight, strong feet equipped with talons for grasping or killing prey, and powerful, curved beaks for tearing flesh. Falcons kill with their beaks, using a "tooth" on the side of their beaks. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in Western Asia at the northeast end of the Arabian Peninsula. 22.02.2020  © 2020 Didier Ruef