Portrait of Muhammad bin Fadil, a falconer in Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, sitting on a camel with a peregrine falcon on his arm in the Al Khatam sands near Jebel Hafeet (Jabal Hafit). Muhammad bin Fadil kneels on his camel, which is saddled with a dark sheepskin and a burlap sack (most of the camel is outside the frame). He wears a patterned ghutra (headscarf), a thobe (long shirt) and a wraparound skirt. A hooded peregrine falcon perches on a mangalah (cuff) on his near hand and he holds a camel stick in his other hand. In the far distance a sheer faced rock mountain (likely Jebel Hafeet [Jabal Hafit]) sits below the horizon. This image was taken between December 20, 1948, and January 27, 1949, during which time Wilfred Thesiger stayed with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and joined him on a number of hunting excursions.
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