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 Lanner Falcon & Red-Headed Agama (1994)

Acrylic on illustration board
8" x 10"
 Probably because of its long association with falconry, I always think of the lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus) as a bird of Europe and the Middle East, but it really doesn't even occur much there any more, and its range is definitely centered in Africa. About the size of a peregrine, but with a slimmer build, it is more inclined to take terrestrial prey than is that bird-catching specialist. In the Sahel, where they are by far the most common large falcon, lizards make up an important dietary component, and this male red-headed agama (Agama agama), temporarily in full breeding colors, is a typical menu item.