Merlin in the Yard

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 7D
565248/65536 sec. / ISO 400
State/Province/Region
New York
Nearest Area
Endicott
Town
Endicott
Notes

Canon 7D using a 100-400mm lens. Settings were f/6.3, 1/400 sec at ISO-400. Image is 100% crop as shot.

Description

I had been running late for work when I heard the call of an unfamiliar bird followed by the cawing of unsettled Crows. Looking out every window in my house I finally spotted a Merlin with a Mourning Dove right in my backyard! Dropping all thoughts of work, I watched the Merlin for several minutes as it worked on defeathering its catch. Eventually it moved to a tree in a neighboring yard. Gaining permission from my neighbor, I crept behind a bush closer to the tree. For this image I had quickly peeked up above the bushes and snapped this, my very last frame before finally leaving for work. I was over an hour late that day and missed a meeting, but it was absolutely worth it to spend my morning with a Merlin.

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Date Added
December 14, 2016
Date Taken
December 14, 2016

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