The Merlin

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The Merlin.
 
Yesterday morning as Cecil Holmes and I were leaving Mobile, we went by one of the locations we will be taking folks on our workshop March 4-5. We were driving down the road in the park when I noticed a bird of prey on a wood snag. I thought at first it was a Red-shouldered Hawk, but as we got out and set up to do a few images, I could tell it was something different. Too small to be a hawk, my thoughts went to juvenile Peregrine Falcon when I saw the vertical lines beneath the eyes. It wasn’t until we finished I realized it was a female Merlin. We used the Cornell University website to confirm our sighting. As we got close we noticed it had just finished a meal of some smaller song bird, feathers were still on the bird and the wood snag. This was actually the first time I had photographed a Merlin, and it was really cool how well she cooperated! By the way, we still have a few spots left in the workshop, check out the website for registration.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, thinktank Airport Commuter backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #thinktankphoto, #MindShiftGear
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2 Responses to “The Merlin”

  1. Beautiful!

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