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Old Dec 18, 2005, 6:29 PM   #1
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This was a very big Merlin. I actually thought I was shooting a Peregrine when taking the shots. He was chased by some Ravens and turned on them. They beat a retreat, as he perched for these shots about 100 feet off.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/MERLIN1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/MERLIN7.JPG[/img]

Close crop of the preceding.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/MERLINC.JPG[/img]

This Peregrine was actually taking a bath in a puddle when I drove by thinking he was a Seagull. By the time I figured things out he was in the air. I expected none of the shots to come out, but one did, and another, "almost" did.

Here, he's flying away from me, and this shot was taken from about 150 feet off. The close crop that follows shows that he had his eyes on me.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/PER20.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/PER20A.JPG[/img]

He finally made a full turn, but a wee bit out of focus...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/PER21.JPG[/img]

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Old Dec 19, 2005, 6:03 PM   #2
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Dave, terrific shots!!!! Can ya send them up my way??!!!:-):-):-)

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Dennis, don't worry, when the eagles and owls come to the North Shore, we'll get a good shot at Peregrines too.

Nice shots, I've only gotten decent looks at a peregrine, I've never had the chance to photograph one.

I've seen bigger, but that is a good sized merlin. Almost certainly female.

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Old Dec 20, 2005, 4:24 AM   #4
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Great captures, Dave!
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Old Dec 20, 2005, 12:31 PM   #5
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Great captures, Dave!
Global warming is definitiely kicking in. While some Peregrines spend the Winter in New York, never does a Merlin.

I have some shots of Tree Swallows taken last week:?:

Today, I saw another flock of them and of all things, a Killdeer:!:

Mind you, it's under 20 degree's!

I know where this Peregrine hunts. Got a bunch of shots of him perched yesterday. I told him to fly and the look of contempt is quite visible...

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