Saturday, February 5, 2011

Camera Critters #148

Last week, I presented a new yard bird for me as my entry.  This week, I’m doing it again.

Towards evening last Monday, I stepped outside with Lacy.  As always, I glance around to see what’s going on.  Up on the telephone pole just behind the house, I noticed a bird, dining on something.

I went inside, got my camera and began shooting.  I thought at first the bird was a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Later when I put the image on the computer, I couldn’t decide whether it was a Prairie Falcon, or a Peregrine Falcon.

Unable to decide, I sent the image to a friend of mine who always helps me with bird photos.

It may be a messy photo, but at least I know what it is now.  8v)

The bird, which was dining on a field mouse, I found out, is, abracadabra…a Merlin.

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eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a great yardbird. It is an awesome looking bird. Congrats on your new bird.

Gary said...

Wow what luck!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Misty Dawn said...

Good thing you weren't standing under it ;-)

Jidhu Jose said...

good shot

RNSANE said...

I can only identify the common varieties of bird...and maybe vultures and bald eagles, toucans, flamingoes, and the ike. Of course, we really don't get those in the San Francisco area.

Marie said...

Wow, what a neat bird to find -- and get a photo of -- very nice!


KaHolly said...

Great shot! It's difficult to know one bird of prey from another. Great that you have a friend to help you out!

Mama Zen said...

How cool!