Photos By Shawn Weigelt
July 22, 2009
Yikes! It has been WAY too long since we made a post on the blog, so I thought I’d toss up these two marginal shots of a Merlin I saw recently in Bangor. There is a pair that has been successfully breeding in the same general area of the city for at least a few years now. I had struck out every time I checked the location earlier this spring but I was finally rewarded after I learned that there were at least three fledglings. I found only one, which may be one of the juveniles. I was watching it fan its tail and stretch its wings before taking flight shortly after these shots. I love raptors, and this fast and aggressive little falcon is definitely one of my favorites. This was a real treat for me, though I wish I could have better photos to show for it. Sorry for the extreme crops and distracting branches, I was really limited.
Nikon D80 70-300mm VR at 300mm, 1/640sec, ISO 100, f/5.6, hand held.