Falcons

Webster – A 2007 male Lanner/Saker hybrid is named after a famous North American falconer and author Hal Webster. One of our best birds here at the center, he is a real ham during flight demonstrations and is good at wowing the crowds. He comes right out of the sun at speeds upwards of 100 mph and excels in vertical drops, or stoops. Webster also works at abatement.  He is one of our all-stars, be sure to check out his resume in our Media section.  Hybridization is done in captivity to help fend off disease or to acquire desired attributes for hunting and flying.  Lanner and Saker are both Eastern Hemisphere species of falcon.

 

Cubbie – named after the Chicago Cubs, is a 2013 a male Anatum Peregrine Falcon. Peregrine’s are know as the duck hawk in North America. Peregrines lives mostly along mountain ranges, river valleys, coastlines, and increasingly in cities. The peregrine falcon reaches faster speeds than any other animal on the planet when performing the stoop, which involves soaring to a great height and then diving steeply at speeds of over 320 km/h (200 mph).  In 2005, Ken Franklin recorded his falcon, Frightful (a female Peregrine), stooping at a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph) for the film Terminal Velocity

 

Islay – is a 2015 female Lanner Falcon and she is named after the island of Islay, Scotland. It is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Known as “The Queen of the Hebrides” and also know for their single malt whiskey.

 

 

 

 

Enkidu – is a 2014 male Aplomado Falcon.  Named for the wild-man in the ancient Assyrian tale the Epic of Gilgamesh which first mentions Falconry in human history.  Enkidu is right now the loudest of the bunch with his constant baby bird chirping, but his high energy spirit and sweet demeanor has helped him earn a place in our hearts.  The Aplomado is a desert south-west falcon that was native from southern Arizona and Texas all the way into South America. They are the only falcon still endangered in North America. Sadly, atomic testing (way back when) in White Sands NM, the decimation of Prairie Dog environment  (it’s a long story), the continued overgrazing of cattle and rampant development have left little natural habitat for these birds in the U.S.

 

Saké – is a 2014 male Saker, “saker” means falcon in Arabic. Sakers breed from eastern 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. The Saker is the national bird of Hungary and, in 2012, was selected as the national bird of Mongolia.

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow – Our newest addition to WCF is this lovely 2011 white Gyrfalcon.  Weighing a massive 3lbs, Shadow is the largest species of Falcon in the world.  Gyrfalcons are typically found above the arctic rim on both continents.  Highly prized by falconers and royalty for eons, Gyr falcons were often used as diplomatic currency.  We are thrilled to have her with us at WCF and look forward to working with her in the coming months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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