Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hawking party packing and loading camels in Al Khatam sands near Al Ain. In the central foreground a man adjusts the load on a couched camel, while nearby, on the left, a hooded peregrine falcon perches on a carved wooden wakir (block) staked in the sand. In the right background another man in Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party packs up his belongings in front of four standing camels. In the far left background a third man stands next to his couched camel. In the far distance beyond a vast flat plain dotted with scattered clumps of vegetation stretches uninterrupted 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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