DOHA: The local Al Tala’a competition kicked off yesterday at the fifth Qatar International Falcon and Hunting Festival currently underway at the Sabkath Marma at the Sealine area in Mesaieed.
This category of the contest tests the ability of the falcon to identify the location of the prey. The Tala’a falcon is very important for hunters because it acts like a radar, tracking the hiding place of the prey.
For this edition of the contest, an electronic Al Habari (dummy prey) is used in place of a real bird; it looks like a real bird in terms of shape, size and colour. The Al Habari is placed at a distance of one kilometer and time is counted from the moment the falcon is released.
The Hadad Challenge continued yesterday with the third group of participants which witnessed more excitement after the win of Ali Saeed Al Malkas Al Marri on the first day of the festival.
Ali bin Khatem Al Muhashadi, chairman of organizing committee, said Al Marri’s win on Wednesday encouraged more participants to do their best during the contest yesterday, and that he hoped others would perform the same way in the coming days.
Mohammad Rashed Al Azbah Al Marri won yesterday’s heat of the Hadad challenge.
He expressed happiness saying he was confident his shaheen falcon would perform well and the result was exactly what he expected.
One of the spectators Khalim bin Saad Al Naimi, appreciated the level of organisation of the festival and the facilities provided by the organising committee this year including the big screens, the special cameras and a live commentator, among others.
Waleed Al Azeimi, a participant from Kuwait, congratulated Qatar because the festival is now no more local, having attracted participants from other parts of the world.
Another participant, Mohammad Al Eid from Saudi Arabia who has been a perennial participant at the annual festival, said this year was more exciting because of the big number of good competitors.
Khalid Al Dosari, a participant in Hadad challenge, has praised this year’s festival for its many developments, from good organisation to the remarkable performance of the participants especially at the beginning of the contest. This will encourage more people to come in the coming festivals, he said.
Nasser bin Mohammad, said this year’s festival is much different from the previous one in terms of the number of participants and organisation.
“The number of participants in Hadad challenge is much higher than the previous years and this is one of the challenges for the participants,” he said.