Tim Melling – Lanner

Lanner Falcons are scarce breeding birds in Europe but they are more numerous in sub-Saharan Africa.  So it was a species I was hoping to see and photograph in Ethiopia but I got better than I could have hoped for.  This male was flying round at eye-level in the morning sunshine with steep nesting cliffs in the background.  I always think flying birds of prey look better without a sky background.

You can see that they are closely related to Peregrine but are a little more lightly built, with a rusty crown and less marked underparts.  This one was in the Simien Mountains in northern Ethiopia.

Taken with a Nikon D500 and a 300mm f4 lens with a 1.4x converter.  1/2500 second f5.6 ISO 1600  (10 February 2017)

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