Monday, September 24, 2018


Several of the Merlins seen well appear to have been the Pacific or Black Merlin F c suckleyi but we also came across birds that were much more akin to Taiga Merlin F c columbarius --I have split the images into presumed suckleyi first batch and the presumed Taiga birds much worse images as I never got near one in the second batch --

 the bird below was being mobbed by a Purple Martin that ha d a brood of young nearby

and below presumed Taiga Merlins -- not close enough to get decent images or to age them but note tail pattern and underpart colour -- two different birds here top 2 one and bottom 2 second

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