Saker Falcon


The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) is a large species of falcon which breeds from central Europe eastwards across Asia.
The Saker Falcon is larger than the Peregrine Falcon and Lanner Falcon and almost as large as the Gyr Falcon at 45–57 cm length and with a wingspan of 97–126 cm.
In Hungary, the Saker Falcon bred until recently in small numbers in hilly areas on trees and cliffs.
However, the Hungarian population has been gradually growing since the 1980s, partly as a result of conservation activities.
It is now more common in lowlands, where it breeds in open forests, as well as in nesting platforms on high-voltage electricity pylons (like on the photos).

Borsod Mezoség Nature Conservation Area ("Little Hortobágy"), Hungary, 1 May 2019

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