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Merlin Falcon - Falco columbarius

Merlin Falcon - Falco columbarius

Small falcon, present in North America and Eurasia, praying mostly on other small birds. It is a migratory species spending winter in the southern North America or Central America.

Common Names

How to Identify

Looks very similar to Peregrine Falcon. Distinguished characteristics are the beak proportions, color of breast feathers and eyebrows.

Where & When to Spot

My only observation of this species happened early December within the streets of Montreal, sitting on a tree, eating prey.

Merlin eating prey

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Merlin Falcon

Merlin Falcon

A rare opportunity being able to watch this species eating its catch just outside my apartment.

champ-des-possibles - December 07, 2020

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/2.8; Iso 560;
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