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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…


  1. Hi…
    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…


  2. Haha

    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

  3. lol @ the bird being the best behaved passenger!

  4. 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!

  5. 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? 🙂

  6. 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

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

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

  8. — 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.

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