With temperatures in the teens, a healthy dose of frost and thick fog, the weather was not particularly kind for photography Sunday morning initially. The one benefit was that raptors were grounded, choosing to wait for clearer weather before taking to the skies. This little falcon was huddled up in a tree northeast of Denver and rather than flying off right away like Merlins are known to do, it opted to sit and pose for some pictures.
Merlins are small raptors, a bit bigger than a Kestrel, but are just as ferocious as the other members of the falcon family. They prefer to dine on other, smaller birds, attacking with extraordinary speed and ferocity.