Mr. Merlin

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  1. JOAT

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    I was on my lunch break when I saw some sort of raptor swoop by near my office window, so I quickly got my camera to investigate the trees near by.

    From the distance I could see something there, but I thought it was just a crow. As I got closer I thought it might be an immature redtail hawk, but after asking around I found out it was an immature merlin, probably a male because of its size. So far this has been the year of firsts, I got some pics of my first sharp shinned hawk a few weeks back, now a merlin :)

    He didn't seem to mind that I was approaching, he was high in the trees so I guess he felt safe. He gazed at me as I approached.
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    I asked him if I could take some pic of him? He replied "huh? pictures of me? what for?
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    That's when I said "well, I really enjoy taking photographs of birds, raptors in particular, you make a great subject!" After thinking about it the merlin replied "ssssuuuuuurrreee! I don't see why not!" With a thumbs up (or should I say talon up? :) ) I took a few shots.
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    I'm a little shy
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    Is this a better pose?
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    I wish I had more time to wait there and attempt to get some pictures of him in flight but my 30 minutes left of my lunch break was up so I had to go back to work. I said my sincere thank you's to the kind Merlin and took one last shot.
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    Either he mooned me or was about to take off :)


    All images were heavy crops, probably about 80%.
     
  2. ariadne76

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    Excellent series.
     
  3. JTHphoto

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    he's a little guy... nice of him to just sit there for you... I had one do that once, he made my day.

    great captures! :thumbup:
     
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    yup, made my day for sure!

    Thanks guys.
     
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    Nice images, shame they're crops, can't blow them up as big. I had the same problem when I recently photographed a kestrel near my home.
     
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    great captures....i rather like the last one best!!! fun!
     
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    nice shots of a cool raptor.
     
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    nice! "talon up":thumbup:
     

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