Merlin, the Series (Some w/Prey)

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  1. HikinMike

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    I had an opportunity to take a drive out to the San Luis NWR yesterday. I wanted to see if the water was filling up so I can go back in the early morning to take some shots of waterfowl. I also wanted to capture some of the Tule Elk and find a great place to set-up for sunset. Got a few shots of the Elk. They weren't as cooperative as I've seen in the past. Couldn't find a "great" place to capture the sunset, but got a great shot of the moon.

    As I was driving around the 5-mile loop, I saw what I thought was a Red-tail Hawk, eating. I took a few shots, drove closer, shoot again etc. Got as close as I dared and got these. Come to find out that this was a Merlin, my first!

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    oh, THAT's a merlin



    I want a 5d :(
     
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    LOL!!! I was just going to post the link! :lmao:
     
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    Very nice! Beautiful images of a beautiful bird. #2 is my favorite. Is he eating on the stone that used to have a sword?
     
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    It's a 12' tall fence post.

    I watched him clean himself and flew away. I missed that shot. :grumpy:
     
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    4 looks like he's farting into the wind.


    I'm sure he isn't though.







    OR IS HE!?
     
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    Awesome captures...tight shots my friend!
     
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    My mind went to the television series "Merlin" I'm looking at the post title, and wondering why merlin the TV series, is posted in wildlife :lol:

    This is a much better surprise, then the TV series. It's hard to pick a favorite they are all good.


    ...... so you really can see the moon with that thing :lol:
     
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    very nice!
     
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    :lmao: :lol:

    Thanks everybody for looking!
     
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    Great colours, lighting and sharpness. Very nice captures!
     

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