World Falconry Day: Eagle and falcons soar over desert show

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Egyptian falconers have met in the desert near Alexandria to celebrate World Falconry Day and highlight an ancient sport.

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image captionYasser al-Khawanky fed his Golden Eagle at the gathering at Borg al-Arab.
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image captionGolden Eagles have been kept for hunting for centuries.
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image captionThe birds were lined up at sunrise for the celebration.
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image captionThey soared through the sky to swoop on pigeons and rabbits in front of the spectators.
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image captionHunting with birds dates back to the ancient Egyptians.
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image captionAmmar, 11, was there to play with his falcon, called Ashqar.

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