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Old Mar 14, 2008, 7:51 PM   #11
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Real close-ups for a raptor as this one!
Thanks WK, this was one of those times when "both" parties are surprised :-) I had no intention of running into this Merlin and I'm sure the Merlin would have chosen a different "table" to feed on had it had any inclination that Normcar was going to drive by with camera in hand.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 7:53 PM   #12
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Beauties Norm. What a great opportunity seeing this. Is it feeding on a Woodpecker maybe? All that white underbelly looks like that perhaps...cheers..Don
Thanks, Don, glad you enjoyed the shots. The poor unfortunate was a Kingbird, one of my favorite subjects. But it is serving a good purpose, providing energy to another great subject!
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Those are great, looks like a Downy to me.

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Thanks Tom, it's a Kingbird leaving this world while comfortably in it's natural habitat, a fence post This would be something like a "golfer" getting hit by lightning on the golf course :-)
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Looks to me like your Merlinmight bemunching on a Snow Bunting. Is tha possible? Where was the photo taken?
Hi P, thanks for peeking and commenting! It's not a Bunting but a Kingbird. I'm sure the Merlin would have enjoyed either, though :G. This shot was taken in central Alberta.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 8:00 PM   #15
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Awesome series, Norm!
Thanks Bob, real pleased that you stopped by and commented buddy!
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 8:01 PM   #16
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A great action series, you done did gooood.



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Thanks Roger, much appreciated!
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 8:02 PM   #17
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Gorgeous series Norm, I love it.
Thanks Steve, always a pleasure hearing from you!
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Old Mar 15, 2008, 10:17 AM   #18
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Fantastic Norm. Excellent job on exposure and sharpness as always!

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impressivestuff, Norm... i really like #3 and 4... very nice indeed! how far away were you, and what lens were you using?
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Norm, I don't want to seem argumentative, butIf your photos werent so good, it wouldn't be possible to question the ID of the carcass:G! In any case,It wouldn't be worth pressing the point if there weren't so much interest in what it was. :P

I've no doubt whatsoever that you know what a Kingbird looks like, but I'll wager you didn'thave the opportunityto see thisbird before it was caught by the Merlin. Look closely at the wing and tail, and tell me what you think. It looks to me like there is way too much white in the wing (there shouldn't be any), and the tail is all wrong for an Eastern Kingbird (the only black and white one) which has all black tail feathers with white only at the tips (forming a terminal white band). A Snow Bunting was my first impression, and I still can't come up with anything else,but it isnot a bird a southerner like me would be very familiar with. Some woodpeckers do have white outer tail feathers, which may be why some thought it might be a Downy, but woodpecker tail feather are pointed at the tips, and their feet are different (2 toes forward and 2 backwards, instead of 3 and 1). Besides,might it stillnot be a bit early for a Kingbird to be that far North? What say you?
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