Let’s call it #MerlinMonday in honor of these little falcons.
This one was hanging out on the Colorado plains last month and gave me some nice captures, including this one. Usually these guys are pretty skittish but this one was quite tolerant and seemed more curious than anything.
You can tell it is relaxed by how it is perched on a single foot with the other one tucked up to keep it warm. That is oftentimes a good gauge as to whether or not a raptor is going to pose or flee.