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A Beautiful Merlin

I was checking some sites today for Short-eared Owls.

As I drove around I came across this Merlin on a fence post. I expected the bird to fly in a short time, but it stayed on the pole for some time. I took as many photos as needed and waited for bird to fly. I finally flew but as I expected directly away from me and no-chance of a flight photo.

At least the light was perfect - directly behind me. Although, it was sunny with the low angle of the sun in winter it was an excellent lighted pose.

I under exposed as not to burn out the highlights.

Nikon D500 with a 200 - 500mm  F 5.6 lens.