Inside the falcon hospital of #abudhabi... the basic procedure is like a spa. The owner will bring their bird in and (after anesthesia), it will get its nails clipped and filed, it’s feet rubbed with cream, if there are any feather missing they will get replaced - kind of like hair extensions for birds 🦅- then the tooth on the side of the beak will get filed, the ears and eyes checked and voila - ready to hunt another day! The feathers must be in pristine form at all times or it will impede the birds hunting and speed abilities. The smaller falcon, the peregrine, can fly at speeds of up to 400 km per hour... the largest falcons (the Gyr) can go for up to $400,000 but the average price for a good hunting falcon is 40,000 euros (you do the math - but damn). They can break the back of an antelope at that speed. Average kills are rabbits 🐇, pigeons 🐦, Fox 🦊, antelope etc. The hunting season is for around 3 months in the winter which is why the hospital was so full.
If you ever get to Abu Dhabi you really should book a visit here. It’s full on fascinating.
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