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Old Apr 19, 2005, 10:00 PM   #1
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Here are a few more photos of that wonderful tiny raptor, Merlin, and it's treetop acrobatics. There are actually two of them and I missed the shot of the century, a treetop mounting, but the shutter stuck for some strange reason, like I had run out of card but I hadn't. Never happened before and of course it had to happen then.

These were taken with the 400/5.6 through a car window. He was quite a ways away so these are cropped quite a bit but I didn't want to use any extenders for this series. I didn't know that Merlins could wave:











And a wave



And an unframed pose


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Old Apr 19, 2005, 10:10 PM   #2
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Awsome shots, Norm. What a great opportunity.
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Old Apr 19, 2005, 11:54 PM   #3
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Awsome shots, Norm. What a great opportunity.
Thanks mullen. I'm really hoping that I will be able to get some nesting shots later but don't know if I'll be able to get close enough for that sort of thing. It's a very pretty bird and has a very nifty sound that I'm getting used to now.
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Great shots of one of my favorite birds! Very sharp considering distance and cropping.
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Great shots of one of my favorite birds! Very sharp considering distance and cropping.
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Very nice shots normcar, cosidering the crop. Looks like 400mm f5.6 is a keeper.
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Old Apr 22, 2005, 10:11 PM   #7
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These are absolutely wonderful Norm. That's a very pretty bird and you are lucky to have him staying around. I haven't been able to catch anything lately and missed a few good opertunities. The Wren eggs are cracking open on my front door nest and two of the little guys heads were sticking out today. I went to get my camera and when I came back moma was sitting on them so I didn't bother her. It was getting dark also. Will try again tomorrow.

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Great shots Norm. The wave shot is really cute. Looks almost like he is
smiling at you!
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Superb shots, Norm. Too bad about the shot of the century. Kind of like the "fish that got away". We've all got stories of the shots that we just missed. Good work, and quite sharpconsidering the crop.

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