Birds of a feather flock together. Even if travelling by plane.
An image posted on Reddit shows 80 falcons on a flight from the Middle East; and it has taken flight across the internet. The post goes on to say a Saudi Prince bought tickets for the birds. It is not uncommon for these birds to fly on a plane. Falcons can even get their own passports to allow them to travel to a number of countries.
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Why are they so well looked after, you may ask. Falconry is the hunting of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by a trained bird of prey and falconry practices date back to 750 B.C. Described as a demanding activity, requiring dedication of time and energy from the falconer, but it is also said to be a magical experience.
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Becoming a master falconer takes at least seven years of training, requiring 365 days a year of commitment. Falcons and raptor hunting is very popular in the Gulf States, which incorporate Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. You can watch Falconry in action in a number of locations around the world, including Dubai, Dunrobin Castle in Scotland and Leeds Castle in England. You can even do a whole Robin Hood experience with archery and falconry at Sherwood Forrest in Nottinghamshire, England.
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If you are still questioning why you would pay for flights for a falcon, well, a ticket would be far less than what the bird is actually worth. A Forbes article on the Qatar International Falcons and Hunting Festival states the birds have been known to fetch up to $250,000.
Yes, that is each.
You might be able to pick up a bargain for around the $5,000 mark for an ordinary breed. Falconry as a sport is illegal in Australia and to keep any Birds of Prey you need a licence.
The Reddit post showing falcons on a plane.
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