Portrait of Muhammad bin Fadil, a falconer in Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, riding a camel with a peregrine in Al Khatam sands near Al Ain. Muhammad bin Fadil sits astride his standing camel, which faces towards the near right foreground, its head looking up into the sky. Muhammad bin Fadil's ghutra (headscarf) is blown back behind his shoulders by the wind and he holds a camel stick up in the air with one hand. A hooded peregrine falcon perches on a mangalah (cuff) on his other arm. Behind him a vast sand flat dotted with small tufts of vegetation stretches without interruption into the far 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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