Time To Take Off!

F/13.0, 1/640, ISO 400.


Did you hear that Mr. Clean is in the hospital?

Yeah, he has ammonia.

Interesting Facts: Though it’s not much bigger than the more common American Kestrel, the Merlin is heavier and often appears considerably larger. As with most raptors, female Merlins are larger than males. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Merlin )


  1. Great shot of the Merlin. So far as I know, I’ve never seen one. We do see American Kestrels here in southern California. There’s one or more that hunts in a nature preserve near us. Humans have conveniently places power transmission lines running through it, and the Kestrels find them extremely beneficial perches from which to scan the underbrush. You were sharply alert to get that first moment of flight. Keep shooting.

    • American Kestrels are awesome hunters but sometimes they become a prey. Thank you very much, I am really glad to see that you enjoyed my post. Ps I love California I can never get enough of it every time I go there. Happy Blogging! 🙂

      • Time a visit for late May or early June to Pt. Fermin, on the coast, due south of downtown L.A. A pair of Peregrine Falcons is always nesting on the cliffs over the ocean near us, raising that year’s chicks. The pros with the 1000mm lenses line up to catch ’em. Diving at near 200 mph. Oof!

  2. What an exciting “action” shot! I have never observed one of these birds. It looks like my home base (Indiana) would see the Merlin during migration only. Once again, thanks for adding the species information for you photo subjects.

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