Found from eastern Europe to central Asia these hunters face survival pressure due to development driven habitat loss and black market sales into falconry. The most sought after hunters also would make the best parents if they were left in the wild.
This bird was bred in captivity and is part of the Center for Birds of Prey’s education program.
On this November day there was enough breeze that she kept turning into the wind to keep her feathers un-ruffled.
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Center for Birds of Prey, Awanda, SC.