Gyrfalcon x Saker Falcon

Anne-Marie Bokslag

Haarlem, Netherlands

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Cross-breed of a Gyrfalcon and a Saker Falcon.

The Gyrfalcon (pronounced /ˈdʒɜrfɔːlkən/ or /ˈdʒɜrfælkən/) or Falco rusticolus, also spelled gerfalcon, is the largest of all falcon species. The Gyrfalcon breeds on Arctic coasts and islands of North America, Europe and Asia. It is mainly resident, but some Gyrfalcons disperse more widely after the breeding season, or in winter.

The bird’s common name comes from French gerfaucon, and in mediaeval Latin is rendered as gyrofalco. The first part of the word may come from Old High German gîr (cf. modern German Geier), “vulture”, referring to its size compared to other falcons, or the Latin gȳrus (“circle”, “curved path”) from the species’ circling as it searches for prey, unlike the other falcons in its range. The male gyrfalcon is called a gyrkin in falconry.

Its scientific name is composed of the Latin terms for a falcon, Falco, and for someone who lives in the countryside, rusticolus.
Source: Wikipedia

The Gyrfalcon is a IUCN Red List least concern species.

The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) (Arabic: صقر; Transliteration: Şaqer) is a very large falcon. This species breeds 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. During the end of the last ice age – oxygen isotope stages 3-2, some 40,000 to 10,000 years ago -, it also occurred in Poland (Tomek & Bocheński 2005).
Source: Wikipedia

The Saker Falcon is a IUCN Red List endangered species.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon Zoom lens EF 100-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6 L IS
Exposure time 1/1600s
Aperture value f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal length 400 mm

Picture made at the Roofvogelboerderij in Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands

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