13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bird of Prey

I have always been fascinated by birds of Prey and their superior hunting abilities. I went to Dubai to spend a few days in a falconry center to try and capture that perfect symmetry that makes them glide through the air with frightening efficiency. I laid on the ground hour after hour for a few days while the falconer released his birds toward me. In the process I also discovered the amazing speed and dexterity with which they change directions. This shot attempts to portray just that.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2015
Date Uploaded: 09.2015
Photo Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Copyright: © Michel Zoghzoghi