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I try to ensure that I only add my better photographs on this blog.  Although this is not a technically nor artistically good result, I'm sure you will agree its subject makes it worth posting.

I was flying from Manama to Doha earlier this week, on a Gulf Air flight, and I couldn't believe my eyes.  I'm sure it's not as rare as I imagine, but I've been flying for many years now and it was a first for me.  

The lovely young bird was the best behaved passenger on this very short journey.  I didn't hear a sound from it and it made very little mess on the newspaper covering the carrier's lap...

Reader Comments (10)

this is the first time I have visited your blog...

You have some really beautiful photos...

I especially like this one!

I will keep returning for more...


November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKhalid


Yea. I was taking Etihad airways, and in the fine print they had details on how many falcons you could carry with you. Must be the rich Arabs :p

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAbid

lol @ the bird being the best behaved passenger!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersadia

wow! that is a lovely photograph. both the quality and the content. astonishing imagining a bird being well behaved; mustve had several frequent trips! :) or must enjoy the general 'flying' sensation!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

You know these birds have birth/origin certificates and sometimes port pass certifications (that work like passports), presumably like the bird in the picture, so they don't end up caged in the luggage compartment? :)

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMacaholiQ8

The closest to this situation (that I have been to) is Kuwait Airport. I saw a man checking in with a falcon like that. People were taking pictures

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnsam

Falcon on the plane! Should be Hollywood's new thriller.

Thats brilliant, I would of sooooo ask to touch the falcon.

November 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Semaan

-- Khalid
Welcome and thank you.

-- Abid
I guess the limit should be one! You will need at least one free arm to show your boarding pass.

-- sadia
I think we should put all passengers in blinds and keep them in darkness. It seems to work.

-- onlooker
What's amazing is that it's a young chick. This was probably its first trip. Amazing how calm (civilised) good quality animals can be.

-- MacaholiQ8
You're right. One day they will even finger-print them when they enter the US :)

-- Ansam
In Kuwait!! I thought we always bought expensive things. I can never imagine us selling them. Maybe it was a gift.

-- Patrick Semaan
How come they don't consider it a weapon. It's used for hunting!

Thank you all for your comments.

November 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

holla amigos su pagina web es muy bueno, bon trabajo hay gustad mucho!:)
excusa mi horrible espanol!Sólo te falta una herramienta de traducción el resto tudo ok!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPoker Sin deposito

muchas gracias :)

June 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

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