Magic Merlin Merlin – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/160, ISO 1000, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Just a short Merlin post today from my Montana trip, a teaser for the images I will soon be posting. Fog, the rising sun and a falcon on a post equated to a bit of Merlin Magic in the Centennial Valley.

The Merlin probably felt the cold (11°F) far less than I did as I photographed it but I almost certain it made the Merlin stickier than it would have been if the temps had been warmer.


Medieval European noblewomen—including Catherine the Great and Mary Queen of Scots—used Merlins for sport to hunt Skylarks. European and North American falconers continue to work with Merlins, hunting quarry that ranges from sparrow-sized to dove-sized.



  1. Humming Bird Lover September 14, 2014 at 6:44 am


    Love the poise of the bird! What did you say? It was asking you? Will I be on TV you said? Ha ha Have a great day!

  2. Patty Chadwick September 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    “What did you say, Mia?”” I think that’s what he was asking you. You must have called him “cute” and he heard you…love the turned head and the weathered wood of the fenceost.

  3. Elephant's Child September 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Amazing image. The ‘cuteness’, the ‘fluffiness’ and the steadfast eye and impressive beak and talons. Love it. Looking forward to more.

  4. Jolanta September 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful bird, fantastic picture!

  5. Bryce Robinson September 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

    What a bird! And what a photo! The colors are fantastic.

  6. CJ Oakley September 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Incredible capture Mia…

  7. Stu September 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Excellent Photo.. and he is perched on a short Merlin post too 😉

  8. Lois Bryan September 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    oh what a beauty!!!!!!!!! can’t wait to see more, Mia!!!

  9. Bob Bushell September 13, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful image mia.

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