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Tim Melling – Saker Falcon

Tim writes: the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) is a very large falcon of plains and steppes across Eurasia, that feeds largely on small mammals.  This is subspecies milvipes (which means kite-footed) which breeds across the steppes of Asia but winters further south, including China.  I photographed this one above 3500m on the Tibetan Plateau where it fed on Plateau Pikas (Ochothona curzoniae).  I watched them powering fast and low over the plains ready to snatch a pika unaware.  Incidentally the Saker’s scientific name cherrug comes from a Hindi name for this falcon.


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