It’s about time! These awesome little falcons have been a bit of a ‘white whale’ for me lately. Last winter I only captured pics of one and they were not that great. This year, I had yet to find one but that changed on Saturday.
I was following one of my usual raptor routes and came to a stop sign where there is a lone tree. Initially I saw nothing but as I waited to turn, I took a second glance and there it was! Finally!
Best of all, the little raptor was more than willing to not only pose, but also put on a nice little show, three times going out over a field to hunt (unsuccessfully) and returning to the same tree.
I took a ridiculous number of pictures of it but I think this one is my favorite. Merlins, to me, just crazy cute for a raptor and while small, this one gave me a bit of attitude with this look. 😉