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The Merlin protecting his prey

The Merlin protecting his prey
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-11 17:27
Viewed: 1658
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, the Merlin
protecting his prey. Here is
the History of this photo :

- First from far I saw a flock of
black birds taking off from a tree.

- Then I saw an American Crow
flying and perching to that tree.

- And from the ground I heard
a bird launching his cry.

- I went to see what is happening
and I saw it is this Merlin
with his wings wide open.

- while I was doing my approach
I questioned myself why his is
letting me to approach and he
is not taking his flight.

- I taught he was injured, and start
to ask myself what to do if he is injured.

- I did my approach from 7 to 10 meters
and did this photo at that distance
(here I have also give 80% of cropping).

- And I was surprised when this Merlin
take-off and at his claws I saw a Starling,
in the action surprised from that thing
I shoot the photo of the take-off
and flight but missed the focus,
so that photo I am keeping it only
for me in my archives as a souvenir.

Edit 14 April 2013 : I changed my
mind and I decide that, that photo also
deserves to be seen.
Here Is the link.

- And in the flight I saw the crow
chasing the Merlin to try to take
the prey from his claws.

1/4000s f/5.6 (photo shot
in Manual mode), ISO1000,
50mm (35mm eq:75mm) and
up to 80% of cropping.

from the All About Birds website

« A small falcon of northern forests
and prairies, the Merlin is the least
well-marked of the American falcons.
It is becoming a regular breeder
in urban areas.

Breeds in open country from open
coniferous woodland to prairie,
occasionally in adjacent suburbs.
Winters in open woodland, grasslands,
open cultivated fields, marshes,
estuaries, and seacoasts. »



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  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-11 17:57]

Hello Asbed,
How exciting it must have been to walk up on this attractive falcon in it's natural habitat and be able to capture it with your camera. The photo turned out very well showing excellent detail and beautiful natural colors. This type of encounter doesn't happen too often, you were very fortunate. Congratulations!!

Hello Asbed
Interesting scene with wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-04-11 23:19]

you have portraited wonderful behavior of the bird how it protect the prey. A very useful image like this for Biologists in this field. good work.

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-11 23:26]

This is very fine image showing the behavior of the raptor..I too have seen this before..you captured this scene wonderfully. tfs.

Hello Asbed.
This is an amazing shot from sneaky photographer. You must be pretty close to the subject in getting this shot with fine details. Lovely natural tone and well done indeed.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-12 2:30]

Very good picture in action and very natural! Congratulation and thank you for sharing it. Saludos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-04-12 4:27]
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Nice capture Asbed!
Yes that's what this Merlin is doing!
The POV is great and taken with top sharpness and natural colours in an area that seems to have had a fire, and that makes it more visible.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Asbed,
fine capture of this Merlin protecting ist prey. I like a lot the story of this picture in your note. Nicely camouflaged in the natural surrounding and still a good quality despite your 80% cropping.
Best wishes,

Hello Asbed,
Excellent capture of a gesture in an impressive action,nice clarity, colours and lovely composition with beautiful natural surrounding.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-12 6:18]

Hello Asbed,
Always an exciting experience to see such a catch. I've seen it twice in my garden. You got a great photo here in excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Excellent timing with this eye contact. Good composition.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-12 7:14]

Bonjuor Asbed,
Very nice presentation ..
Well composed, nice natural colours and good details.
Best wishes,

Impressive action shot, Asbed.
In this picture too, the subject merges with the background very well. Still, its features stand out clearly.

Bonjour Asbed,
Très belle scène de la vie sauvage magnifiquement restituée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Asbed,
An excellent capture with fine colors, details & timing. Very nicely composed & presented...mon ami. Great work & TFS. Best regards!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-12 9:32]

Hi Asbed,how many time and things before this pic,a long and interesting note and a beautiful capture,great timing and an original pose,great quality of details and colors as usual.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Asbed, great capture of superb rapax in interesting pose, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Excellent capture with natural colors and good sharpness.


Hello Asbed,
Beautiful picture of this specie in its natural habitat.Nice focus on subject with good sharpness.Great timing too.Nice to see how it's protecting its pray.Nice details on wings.Eyes very sharp and bright.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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