I have a lot of bird activity in my garden at home in Canada and often have hawks, eagles and falcons swooping by for brief viewings. Rarely do they stop and rest in the yard. On occasion they rest on the fence some way from the house, but usually they are just chasing prey through the air.
This week was different, not only did this beautiful Merlin take rest in the garden, he did so right on top of the bird feeder within a few feet of the dining room window. Obviously I grabbed the camera and fired off dozens of shots in both landscape and portrait formats as he posed for several minutes.
I chose this one to share because it has great separation from the background and a real intensity in the stare as well as some nice feather detail. Not my usual thing but could any photographer resist such an opportunity?
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