Merlin with Savannah Sparrow

Posted by Jeff Kaboly on Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:52 pm

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I was spending the morning photographing a group of about 30 Savannah Sparrows that were gathered in a small area.   The birds all flushed and I quickly noticed why.  This Merlin had attacked and was able to get one of the sparrows.   I was lucky to be able to get the camera on the Merlin as he flew within 20ft of me at eye level.  This is my favorite of the sequence.   Notice the sparrow grabbing the Merlin's talons.  Fighting to the end.    Nikon D5, 500mm f5.6PF lens

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by dianarebman on Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:15 am
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Great capture! Sad for the sparrow but good for the Merlin. Both birds tac sharp and a nice background as well. Wonderful!!

by Dan Kearl on Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:22 am
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Pretty cool capture, I would like to see a 3 x 2 version

by david fletcher on Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:18 am
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Fabulous capture. (well, it was for the Merlin). Top notch. With Dan on a 3x2 version too. Brilliant image Jeff.
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by Tusar Bhowmik on Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:34 am
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Great shot...!!!

by himadri roy on Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:52 am
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Excellent action flight frame.

by ADKShooter on Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:12 pm
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Terrific action image with top notch detail. Great image especially in light of the circumstances. In this case "luck" always seems to come to those who are prepared. Well done.

by Ron Day on Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:26 pm
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ADKShooter wrote:
Terrific action image with top notch detail.  Great image especially in light of the circumstances.  In this case "luck" always seems to come to those who are prepared.  Well done.

I agree. Excellent work, Jeff!!!

by John Spreitzer on Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:28 pm
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Fantastic image, congrats!

by Carol Clarke on Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:37 pm
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Excellent behaviour capture! Superb detail. Well done, Jeff!

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by Scott Fairbairn on Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:23 am
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Amazing capture. I feel bad when I see critters get picked off by predators, but they have to eat too!

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