Sunday I had just put my feet up ready to relax when the phone rang. Inwardly I groaned but I couldn’t banish that ringing so up I went to answer that phone. Good thing I did, too. Picking up saying hello, I heard hubby saying, “Amy, come quick! Grab your camera and come outside where the dirt is on the turnaround.” Not even answering, I hung up, and ran to get my camera.
What???? I asked as I flew outside. There. Up. Look!! I heard. And heard nothing beyond that.
For there before my astonished eyes was a Merlin, or a Pigeon Falcon, sitting atop one of the electrical wires directly above our driveway. He didn’t seem bothered that not only a huge “gun” was pointing at him with a woman behind it, but two men were staring at him as well.
He was close. Seriously close. I was stunned that he showed no fear. So I in turn showed no fear carefully softly slowly taking one step at a time coming nearer and nearer to this magnificent bird. When I was about 25 feet (7.6 meters) away, I felt …. close enough, so I stopped. I have never been this close to a wild bird of prey before in my life.
At one point I turned around with astonishment clearly all over my face, mouthing the word WOW to hubby and our neighbor’s son, who both were still watching. Hubby began to walk towards me, and I held up my hand mouthing NOOOOOO! Don’t come any closer.
And still that bird stood upon that wire. This went on for a good 15 minutes something I will never forget for as long as I live. To be trusted by this huge bird brings such humbleness to my Heart.
Here is the Merlin …. At first I thought he was blind in one eye but further on as I took more pictures I saw both eyes very clearly. I deliberately kept this picture huge because I want you to scroll down to see the detail that is mind-blowing!
Here is that picture again to fit on the screen:
Here is a closeup of those Talons ….
Hey, what’s over there? Dinner?
Just checking to make sure my Talons are good and sharp!
Yes yes I do see your great and mighty Talons. Thank you for showing me. But, um, sorry, no I’m not on the menu.
Due to the lateness of the hour, the light was changing rapidly while I was shooting. That and I changed positions a few times which will effect the light as well. Thus, some of these pictures do look different color wise.
I hope you enjoyed this most exceptional experience of seeing a Merlin this closeup. My lens is a 100-400mm lens and there is no way I could have gotten the details I have here with this lens if I was far away. Just incredible!!
Photography/ “Merlin”/ August 2018©AmyRose