Thursday, November 20, 2008

Merlin

Around supper time yesterday, after it had just finished snowing, this Merlin was sitting on a powerline in the alley behind our house.
This is the 'Prairie' race of Merlin that is fairly common during the winter months here in Saskatchewan.
There is usually a never ending supply of feeder birds for them to catch, so its no wonder they like the suburban areas.
She was fanning her tail and preening when I snapped this shot :

17 comments:

Bird Girl said...

Isn't she a beauty? Wow! I've never seen a Merlin and expected them to be much larger - thanks for posting and I love the action here!

Nick S said...

They are a little bigger than a Kestrel. Glad you like her :-)

HANNIBAL said...

Love the crop! The display is perfect! If only I can find one of these...

Nick S said...

Glad you like the crop :-) If I'd taken more off the top it would have been too square.

2sweetnsaxy said...

What a great capture! I love that tail fanned out like that. Wonderful! :-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous shot with the tail fanned out like that.

Nick S said...

Thanks , glad you like it !

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh my goodness, that is such a wonderful shot! Thanks for sharing.

T and S said...

That's a beayutiful bird and you got him in a stunning pose. Very well done Nick

MicheleRF said...

That is sweet as heck! Great work Nick!

The Birdlady said...

That's about the coolest photo I've seen in a long time! I love it!

Shellmo said...

Wow - how great that you captured her fanning her feather like that! I think she was flirting w/ you! *wink*

John Theberge said...

Great photo, I love the way you captured the fanned tail, it makes the photo more interesting.

Nick S said...

Thanks everyone

Jayne said...

What a pretty girl! :c)

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Perfect timing Nick, beautiful image.

Nick S said...

Cheers Mike :-)