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Old Nov 5, 2011, 2:05 PM   #1
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Default Merlin The Raptor

This is the first time I have captured a Merlin. I only wish the tree it was using was closer, I worked with what I had. The bird was flying out, catching dragonflies, and returning to the dead tree. This is a small member of the Raptor family. To illustrate size the last two photos are of the Merlin and then the Red-shouldered Hawk that chased off the Merlin. They are on the same branch and I tried to match the frame sizes as close as I could.


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Old Nov 5, 2011, 2:14 PM   #2
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Good series, Ed! I think it was a Merlin I got an obscured shot of in my back yard last year. Haven't seen one since.

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Old Nov 5, 2011, 9:20 PM   #3
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Love the shots - the comparison shots are especially interesting. I knew they were smaller, but didn't realize they were that small.
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Odd couple indeed! How come when I try to take a picture of a Kingfisher I can't get closer than a 1/8 of a mile and this one lands right next to a bird of prey. LOL

That last picture is a dandy Ed.

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Super shots, like the first two best.

Also I'm a bit jealous, can't even get one raptor.


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Another wonderful series from the "bird master!" Good equipment, fine location, but especially skilled hands (as well as patience)...
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