hunkering down over its prey (Zoo; 2012-10-09)

Lanner Falcon
Falco biarmicus

Native Range: Africa and Eurasia

Notes: a fast-flying raptor of open country and savannahs; slightly smaller than the similar Peregrine Falcon; diet consists mostly of small birds; like many raptors, it hunkers down in a protective stance (with wings spread) over any prey it has recently caught; like all falcons, it has long pointed wings.

note the dark facial streak and helmeted look (Zoo; 2012-10-09)

yellow legs and feet; spotted underparts (Zoo; 2012-10-09)