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Old Aug 12, 2006, 2:29 AM   #21
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DBB,

I sure hope you can take a critique. Neither of your photos are of a Merlin. Your top photo is either a very young Cooper's or a Sharp Shinned Hawk. THe color on both is almost identical. The two distinguishing characteristics are the thinness of the legs and the size of the head. Judging from the extremely long thin pencil like legs and the size of the head in proportion to the eye and the bill--your top photo is of a Sharp Shinned Hawk.

Your second photo without question is an American Kestrel.


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I was thinking that it looked like two seperate birds as well, but didn't ask that question. The top two a hawk juvie and the bottom looks like Peregrine.
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My Sibley's guide shows the merlin with a white throat. The bird in the first pic. does have color on his throat.

I agree with Tom on the Sharp-shinned and Kestrel.
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I think I'd better clear up the photo mystique here. The first 2 shots of the bird perched are the same bird. I shot the flying one about 10 minutes earlier before I came upon the perched one. But they were in the same locale, and I assumed it was the same one. Sorry about the confusion. I am no expert what so ever on bird id's-I just shoot 'em and post 'em and if I don't know what they are, I ask the other experts here. :-?I don't honestly know if the flying bird is the same as the perched one. They looked the same to me because of the spotted markings, but like I said, I'm not an expert at these id's. I've never even seen a bird like this up close before. ....cheers.......Don.
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Old Aug 13, 2006, 10:39 AM   #25
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I think I'd better clear up the photo mystique here. The first 2 shots of the bird perched are the same bird. I shot the flying one about 10 minutes earlier before I came upon the perched one. But they were in the same locale, and I assumed it was the same one. Sorry about the confusion. I am no expert what so ever on bird id's-I just shoot 'em and post 'em and if I don't know what they are, I ask the other experts here. :-?I don't honestly know if the flying bird is the same as the perched one. They looked the same to me because of the spotted markings, but like I said, I'm not an expert at these id's. I've never even seen a bird like this up close before. ....cheers.......Don.
Well, there's also an added bit of confusion because while I posted two pictures of a Merlin, the one in flight is actually a Kestrel. My bad. I posted it to show a Falcon in flight and the pattern of the Kestrel is quite similar to the pattern of the Merlin.

Now Falco Columbarius, the Merlin comes in at least four color Morphs. The darkest one Falco Columbarius Suckleyi, also called the Black Merlin, lives out on the Pacific Northwest - This is the bird shown in your images - And based on size and other characteristics is the unquestinable answer.

As for the Merlin I showed, that is the nominate Merlin, present over the entire range. Here are links from the net...

http://www.ronausting.com/images/00/merlin20.jpg
http://www.carolinanature.com/birds/merlin6891.jpg
http://stevemetzphotography.com/imag...a/Merlin2b.jpg

Which bare a shocking resemblance to the pictures I have...:-)



But in ANY case, none of these birds are Cooper's Hawks, juvenile or otherwise.

Dave

Some shots of the Black Merlin...


http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/r...pring2005.html
http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/r...ch2002a63.html
http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/r...an2002b57.html
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