Falcons in the uae Essay

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falcons in the uae



Falconry is the upkeep of falcons. It is a very valued tradition in the UAE. Falconry
is a sport that came to UAE many years ago. Poor people and rich people enjoyed it. It
was a big part of their life in the desert. People think that it came by the muslim Arabs
who went to Byzantine and Persia. The falcon is known as the Saqer. It is very loved by
the people because of its beauty and lovely eyes.

H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan loves falcons. Falconry is his favourite sport.
He says “ falconry is a port that teaches endurance, strength, and patience.”

The two main species used for hunting in the UAE are the Saqr falcons (Falco Cherruq)
which are brought from other Middle Eastern countries and the Peregrine (Falco Peregrinus)
The Saqr is the most popular because it is good for desert hawking. The female Saqr (Al
Hurr), which is larger and more powerful is the one which is used more than the male
(Garmoush). The female Peregrine (Shahin or Bahri Shahin) is also thought to be better
than the male (Shahin Tiba) for hunting purposes.

Training falcons requires both courage and patience and it is made possible by the
trainer. Ronald Codrai in his book The Seven Sheikhdoms describes the training of falcons
as follows: "The key to success in falconry is the relationship of falcon and falconer who
must exercise patience, skill, and devotion". The ability of a falcon to obey his master
is what makes the Arabs like the sport a lot.

In the training process, the falcon sits on a round wooden thing like a mushroom which
moves. This is called Al Wakr. Or on the trainer’s hand which is protected from the
sharp nails of a falcon by a big cuff which covers his hand, this is called the Mangalah.
This is usually made from material which is filled with straw or cloth. This is where the
falcon sits. The falcon is held by a two braids of cotton, these are called Al Sabbuq, and
they are attached to a leash to make the bird a free to move.

Al Burgu is another piece that is used in this sport. It is put on the falcon’s head too
cover his eyes. This is because they have very good eyes and they could see very sharply.
They also need to be slowly adjusted to any new environment. Their eyes are covered as a
part of the training process. Then they are taken off slowly through showing them slowly
the environment around them.

Al Mukhlat is the bag in which the trainer hides wrapped up houbara wings or pigeons.
These things which are in the bag are used to attract the falcon back to get them. This
way of attracting the falcon back is called the tilwah.

The wakir is the sitting place of the falcon. It is a long and decorated wooden Stand. On
top of it there is a flat padded place for the falcons sharp claws to rest on. When the
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