Yesterday I came out of a convenient store and nearly stepped on a moving critter. At first I had no clue what it was. Then I realized it was a bird. Then I realized it was two birds! This is my first Merlin and it's a fairly rare sighting here in my area. I had my trusty G9 in the car and was able to get a series of shots off. I wanted to spare the gory details and am just posting this picture. I resisted saving the Mourning Dove. This Merlin worked hard for her meal and I wasn't about to take it away from her.
What a beautiful creature.