Merlin

75 thoughts on “Merlin”

  1. Amazing clarity!!! It’s stunning to witness the wild up close. It’s why I was so stunned last winter to have the rabbit come to my porch every night for dinner. They somehow know who is going to be a friend and who isn’t…So much fun! Glad you were able to witness such beauty:) Just keep him away from the kitties though! Great pictures AR…Thanks for sharing! Hugs your way…VK ❤

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    1. Thank you, VK! I have a rabbit that is actually living in one of my gardens and who shows no fear towards me. I’m trying not to get too attached seeing there is more then one bird of prey around here. And then there is Jersey …. I don’t think he would go after a cat but you never know. Something else for me to be concerned about! HUGS!! AR 🌹

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  2. I have a love/hate relationship with raptors. They often visit my backyard to entertain thoughts of eating my chickens. But I’m in awe of their beauty and grace – and power. Excellent photos, Amy!

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    1. You can’t blame those birds of prey for being who they are. We have one outdoor cat that has adopted us and who we love very much and take care of. I don’t think this bird would go after a cat but yet you just don’t know, do you? I am hoping that with the interchange between myself and this bird, he now respects all on this property. We also have a beautiful rabbit that’s been living in one of my Gardens who I’m trying not to get too attached too. So happy you enjoyed this, Rob! Have a great day! 💕🌹💕

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  3. Birds of prey are so beautiful, they are the epitome of power and fearlessness. Your photographs are amazing, such detail is remarkable, great shots to say the very least. These birds will capture small dogs and cats, it happened to my neighbor, her little pup was snatched up by a chicken hawk. I don’t let Tide out before checking that the coast is clear, tho he weighs 30 pds and is too heavy for them I fear they might attack him.

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    1. Holly, you have given me great concern for our cat Jersey who is outdoors. Unfortunately greedy contractors are still raping the land here locally, putting in subdivisions without any care about the wildlife. These birds of prey are forced to come in closer and closer to civilization on account of their land being stolen from them where they normally hunt. We have a petition going on right now in our neighborhood with people banding together protesting yet another development going in right down the street from us. These people do not want another development. And I could not agree with them more! Again right where this development is going is prime hunting ground for these birds of prey and other wildlife. I hope and I pray that we the people can keep these greedy contractors out where they do not belong. Enough is enough!

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      1. The further we encroach on the habitat of these fine creatures they are forced to live among us and they must continue to do what they do to survive. My friend in the middle of the state is besieged by Black Bear and Florida Panther, they are being chased out of their home by developers. It’s a sin.

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      2. This issue puts me in tears and that is no lie. Mankind has no respect for Mother Nature in anyway and all they have their eyes is greed and more money. It’s so unfortunate that these precious animals are being forced into habitats that are not natural to them and because of this they are causing havoc and fear among people. This is a real hot issue for me, Holly. As well as you can imagine.

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      3. For me too, I am so concerned about the environment and the killing of animals, wiping out species. Right now our gov’t has chosen to ignore science and to rape mother nature. What we leave future generations is on us.

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    1. Your words, Donna, match exactly the expression on my face and the feelings within my heart as I turned to face my husband and my neighbor’s son. I am still to this day saying… Pinch Me, did this really happen? And no I did not get a lottery ticket. In my opinion what happened was a blessing all in itself. I shot over 100 frames of pictures of this bird. Absolutely incredible! Much Love in return to you. 💕🌹💕

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  4. Hi Amy 🙂 Wonderful! I am happy for you that you now have the equipment in your camera toolbox to record your feathered visitors. 🙂 Very Cool! It is almost time for the fall bird migration. Here, it mainly happens in October plus or minus depending on the weather. I am curious to learn who you see passing through your area. There are all kinds of birds that spend the summer in Canada and now need to move to points further south. Happy birding and photo taking! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. I’m still using my Canon EOS 6D, Sarah. This camera was not built for wildlife, per se, but I’m making it work that way. It’s incredible what one can achieve with one’s mind made up to do so! I’m looking forward to the migrating birds as well. Hope your day was a good one! ☺️💝

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  5. I think he was going to invite you to the round table Amy, he was that close 😀
    Magnificent bird, as is the photographer. You are seriously getting a nudge from spirit 😀
    And thank you for sharing ‘Merlin’ 😀

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    1. Yes, Mark, he was “seriously” close, or should I say I was. THANK YOU for the compliments. I’ve been asking myself how will I outdo this series of photos? How can I top them? No clue right now … All I do know though, I’ve been given permission to walk in a world that humankind on the most part, are not welcome in. SO happy you came by to see the appearance of this magnificent bird!! 💝

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      1. Sorry Amy, been off air for a bit, lost all my email accounts. I was ‘cleaning out’ the server and I cleaned too much 😀
        Just go with the flow my friend, it will all guide you as required ❤

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      2. *mouth drops open* Same thing happened to me and I cannot for the life of me figure out how when I deleted garbage emails my inbox got deleted too. Huh. How strange. Yup, going with the flow. 😎

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  6. I told you – those critters are all flocking to you (pardon the pun) because they know you’ll take an awesome photo for posterity. Maybe we should start calling you Mrs. Doolittle. Great job, as usual, Amy!

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    1. LOL@CM. Mrs. Doolittle! LOL You gave me a huge belly laugh, let me tell you. I’ve not a clue what is happening, but …. I’m still pinching myself. Thank you for leaving this great comment!! 😘

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  7. It has already been said (many times) but amazing photos! Sometimes my husband will have a similar experience as yours – make an unexpected wonderful wildlife discovery and then “inform the photographer” 😀 I agree as you said in a reply to a comment – even if one doesn’t have a “specific” camera for a “specific” type of photography, you *can* create art with a vision ❤

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    1. Contemplating on what you wrote, Tamaki, I’m imagining all I would have missed out on if I remained focused on the camera I really want to have (which I was for a while). Just because my camera is built for landscapes and portraits, doesn’t mean I can apply the knowledge I’ve learned over the years to shoot wildlife photographs. Which is what I am doing. When that time comes to get that camera, and it will, my Joy will know no bounds. Thank you SO much for leaving such a beautiful comment. 💝💝💝

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    1. He was here again today, Julie, in our backyard this time. Makes me a wee nervous to have such a big bird of prey so close. Whenever he is around not one bird is in sight. Oh they know, do they ever!!

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  8. So loved these pictures Amy.. What beautiful clear photos showing every detail of his feathers and talons.. Such a rare prize for your capture.. And capture him well you did..

    We had a sparrow hawk swoop down under our garden arch at the weekend.. Unfortunately for a young sparrow, it was the sparrows last flight.. The Hawk swung around in such a short space to then perch on the greenhouse to grip his prey harder before he flew away with the sparrow..
    I as sad for the sparrow as we put seeds out to feed them.. But then the Hawk has to live too..

    So good to catch up with you and thought I would have a huge amount to get through in catching up with you again.. I think you are like me Amy.. We have been stepping back into our own space more and more.. And a new calm is emerging while the rest of the world appears chaotic..

    Keep embracing those moments of Peace with your feet up Amy.. ( unless you get a phone call to meet a Hawk ) lol..
    Love and Hugs my friend.. Take care..
    Sue ❤

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  9. Amy I hear you.. loud and clear dear friend, thank you for your visit… It is time.. time for many of us to put our own healing to the front of the que. I am saddened to hear of plagiarism my friend.. Its happened to me in the past with my words..
    Its sad in todays world that people feel the need to steal.. On my gardening blog I posted recently our veggies were also being taken.. Hopefully they needed them.. And did not profit from them.. I would gladly give anything away and we do give away plenty to friends and family..
    So many live from the point of Lack.. that they feel the need to Take…
    I feel soon as we retreat into our own space and BE-ing that Mother nature is about to give mankind his own treatment about taking.. I hope I am wrong in my feelings as to what is to unfold.. But the feelings will not go..
    Like you I enjoy time in nature and I know I am wanting to step away from technology.. the net.. and all things that feel negative..
    I spent too much time in my reader yesterday and am in here today.. Then I will be silent for a while.. I need these spaces to breetheeeee… I so know you feel the same..
    So enjoy your time in Nature Amy.. Good luck with your professional photography.. To me its always been professional.. And I hope it leads you to a place where your heart is content and settled.. As you find both Joy and Peace in all you do..
    Much love dearest friend..
    Sue ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Just a really quick reply to not only my observations but others as well. It seems that many species of both bird and animals are having two pregnancies instead of only one and the number if young has increased as well per pregnancy. As I am walking through a forest I am seeing fawns which for this time of year there should not be any. My question is are the animals and birds trying to multiply more because they sense something that is coming? You do have to wonder! So many Oddities in Nature that I have been observing. As usual though however, mankind is the last to understand what is going on. I firmly believe in the intelligence of all that comprises of Mother. Stay blessed, dear friend. 💝

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      1. You are not on your own with this observation my friend.. I said the same to my daughter.. We have had birds nesting in our garden that have done the same.. We had to hang back before we could prune the bushes this year because they still had their second brood.. And Yes.. I think they do sense what is coming..
        Our little hedgehog, its only August yet I have filmed him/her busy collecting leaves for the box we put out that he’s made a nest in at night.. Already she/he is preparing for hibernation.. I feel we are in for some cruel weather and harsh lessons from Mother Nature… .. You too Amy.. MUCH love and please take care too xx

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      2. I actually observed Ducks yesterday acting like they were ready to mate again. I saw turtles mating yesterday. And the list goes on. Same thing here with our groundhog who is foraging already. I am seeing some strange phenomena. I am really trying to convince my husband that we absolutely under no circumstances require a generator this year. I have a feeling that this winter will be very harsh. And I for one am not about to live without electricity or heat especially seeing that we have all these Special Needs cats. Know that you are Loved, dear friend. It was wonderful conversing with you. I have been very quiet of late. XOXOXOXO

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      3. Likewise Amy… We are freezing lots of food.. I said to hubby, he bought a new generator the other year.. We haven’t as yet used it.. I said get it running and some fuel.. If the power went we would lose it.. So We need to follow our instincts.. and follow Natures lead Amy.. ❤
        Take care Amy and you too love you my friend ❤

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