Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Merlin.....My latest lifer

Hello again, I am linking up with World Bird Wednesday   and Nature Notes

My post this week is my latest lifer the Merlin.  We got to see a few of these birds while visiting Chincoteague NWR recently. The merlin  is a small falcon and my field guide says they will winter on the coast. Merlins will go out after birds and insects on the wing. They can accelerate to incredible speeds to snatch their prey.  The adult is steely gray above and a streaky pattern below.



The Merlin above was seen during our sunset tour on the wildlife drive.






This Merlin was seen closer to Tom's Cove and the beach. We were watching the Merlin perched in a tree when all of a sudden it swooped down next to our car and grabbed a huge dragonfly and flew back to the perch to enjoy its catch.



The Merlins are migrating and I do believe we were seeing more than just the one during our weekend visit to Chincoteague.

To see more beautiful and great birds please visit World Bird Wednesday  and for
more nature scenes check out Nature Notes  Thanks to Springman of World Bird Wednesday and to Michelle of Nature Notes. I also appreciate your visit and comments. Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

41 comments:

Debbie said...

it's so very kind of them to "pose" in a tree for a wonderful shot. they are so cute, i don't think i have ever seen them before!!

TexWisGirl said...

really neat. love their feathery legs. :)

Mama Zen said...

What a gorgeous bird!

Diane Writes said...

Hi Eileen! I just noticed your new blog header. It's been a while since I last visited your blog and I'm sorry for that. ;-) Great shots and as always I am learning a lot from your posts. Have a great week,

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Eileen, it is hard to get, let alone with a camera.

Jo said...

Congratulations on your recent lifer, Eileen. What a treat to see it catching a snack near you vehicle and eating it in full view. Have a great day. Greetings. Jo

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great shots == perched on top of that bare snag he looks ready to dart after his prey at any second -- excellent that you caught him on camera before he moved! Congratulations on the lifer.

missing moments said...

How awesome to see him come down and grab the dragonfly. Beautiful bird.

Nayana said...

Beautiful shots and I love how you captured all moments...

Nayana@Shutterbug

Donna M. Simonetti said...

Merlin are beautiful little falcons. Nice you got to see one in action too. Congrats on lifer!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

Magical Merlin!! what a beautiful bird!! and beautiful shots!!

Andrew said...

A wonderful bird to see.. lovely images.

caite said...

love the last one..handsome feller.

heyBJK said...

How cool! I don't know that I've ever seen a Merlin before. The shot with the dragonfly is great! Thank you for visiting my blog, Eileen! I appreciate it.

magiceye said...

wonderful captures!!

Ms. Becky said...

look at those puffy, fluffy legs! I love that, and I'm totally unfamiliar with this bird. thanks for sharing these fantastic photos. there's so much migration going on right now - it's a fascinating time of year. you've captured this guy very well, way better luck than I have when trying to photograph birds. thanks for visiting my blog and saying hello, I truly appreciate that. happy week to you Eileen.

Kim, USA said...

These are nice photos Eileen. The last one I like very much looks like he is looking at you.

Reflection

Lew said...

Fantastic catch of the merlin. And your header is gorgeous!

mick said...

A great series of photos. I've read about Merlins but not seen one before.

Nature Rambles said...

Like some of the other commenters, I have not seen a merlin before. Blog visits are such a fun way of learning. Great captures!!

NatureFootstep said...

Merlin is a great bird. :)


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Indrani said...

Engrossed in its prey, great action captures.

Hilke Breder said...

Congrats on a lifer, Eileen! Just the other day I saw a merlin snatch a small shorebird out of the air, so fast. You see it and then you don't. Nice pictures!!

Life Ramblings said...

such a gorgeous bird and the last one is perfectly captured.

Jen said...

Oh awesome, thanks for sharing these! I've been looking for a Merlin for a long time now and still no dice (though I've tried to turn many a kestrel into one..)

joo said...

Your photos are terrific Eileen! What a beauty!

Gary said...

Never seen a Merlin here but still hoping. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Great photography! i am so pleased you got to see you new bird. Have an excellent day tomorrow!

Ann said...

are birds programed that they will perch at the end of a branch?

Springman said...

Great sighting Eileen! I would love to see a Merlin one day. Even the name sounds cool. Great job of dealing with that low light too. Masterful post!

EG Wow said...

Amazing! I would love to see one!

Jean said...

Major congratulations on this very neat Lifer!!!
The photos are especially good because of the story behind them.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the merlin.

Kathiesbirds said...

Eileen, just amazing! Just beautiful! congratulations!

Ebie said...

Its a beautiful bird. Love how they are so graceful as they arched their bodies.

Jedediah said...

Very cool. I have seen a merlin at the zoo, but never in the wild. Catching a dragonfly is quite a feat.

Arija said...

How I wish I had the chance to see one too in my lifetime. A beautiful bird indeed, what a catch!

bailey-road.com said...

Congrats on the sighting! Lovely shots.

Celeste said...

What a great sighting. My first, and only Merlin sighting was pitifully brief and I certainly wasn't lucky enough to watch it feed.

Crafty Green Poet said...

how wonderful to have it pose so nicely!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh wow..what a catch..I've never seen one and didn't even know what they looked like..thank you Eileen...

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