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Merlin
Falco columbarius
The Merlin (Falco columbarius) breeds across most of Canada and Alaska as well as some areas of the northwestern United States. The species winters across the western two-thirds of the United States as well as the Atlantic coastline area and into Mexico. This small falcon used to be known as "Pigeon Hawk". The species preys mainly on birds, even birds larger than itself. The bird in the shot shown here wintered in Austin, Travis Co., Texas in 2002-2003. This shot was taken in December, 2002, with a Canon EOS D60 and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The next two images show a Merlin perched on a barbed wire fence along the Texas Gulf coast at High Island in February, 2007. These two shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and both 2X and 1.4X extenders.
The imm. male or female "richarsonii" race Merlin in the next 3 shots shown here had captured a Mourning Dove in Morton, Cochran Co., Texas, in January, 2009. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Mustang Island,
Nueces Co., Texas
7 February 2013
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Mustang Island,
Nueces Co., Texas
7 February 2013
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Rollover Pass,
Galveston Co., Texas
11 December 2013
Merlin
Falco columbarius
south of Fort Davis,
Jeff Davis Co., Texas
16 December 2013
Merlin
Falco columbarius
near Bovina,
Parmer Co., Texas
9 December 2014
Lat 34.540348, Lon -102.965471
Merlin
Falco columbarius
near Bovina,
Parmer Co., Texas
9 December 2014
Lat 34.540348, Lon -102.965471
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
27 March 2015
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Sabine Pass,
Jefferson Co., Texas
2 October 2016
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Sabine Pass,
Jefferson Co., Texas
2 October 2016
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Cameron Parish,
Louisiana
15 January 2017

with shorebird prey item
Merlin
Falco columbarius
Cameron Parish,
Louisiana
15 January 2017

with shorebird prey item