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Pretty sure I have the correct ID on the Merlin. I believe the victim was a Eurasian-collared Dove.

I should mention that the Dove was too heavy for the Merlin to fly off with it. It could fly maybe 20-40 feet with it, but would then have to land and see what I would do next.

Since this thread has been renewed, I will add to the story.

Two Merlins nested somewhere in nearby fir trees. This day 3 doves strayed into the area. The Merlin flushed the 3 out of a fir tree. 2 flew away to safety, but this one went in the opposite direction and flew down into a bush right in front of a house for safety. The Merlin went right into the bush and must have killed the dove there on the ground.




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Apr 21, 2013 at 03:31 PM
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The first image is a great post smackdown pic. Looks like the bird is trying to determine what to do next - eat in or take out. Good brightness in the second. Nicely captured.


Apr 21, 2013 at 03:42 PM
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I like them both Tony ~ Ron


Apr 22, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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#2 is an excellent portrait style shot. Great detail as usual and you got real tight! Don


Apr 23, 2013 at 03:54 AM
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Tony, Great find,
I didn't think a Merlin would attempt to take down something that big, nice

-Tim



Apr 23, 2013 at 04:22 AM
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great job on the little falcon Tony


Apr 24, 2013 at 09:04 AM
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I like them both, Tony. Great shots!
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Apr 24, 2013 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #8 · Merlin


Well done series!


Apr 24, 2013 at 03:12 PM
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Dear Tony: Can you tell me the place and date on which you photographed this Merlin with a Eurasian Collared-Dove, and if you actually witnessed the capture? We had a similar incident here in northern New Mexico in November 2010, but I quickly caught and rescued the dropped dove before it had been harmed by the falcon and eventually released the bird back into the wild. Also, I believe that your Merlin is an adult female of the so-called "black" subspecies, of which Vancouver Island is at the epicenter of its resident and breeding range! Otherwise, the photos are both great, and thanks for posting them on line, John in The Land of Enchantment


Nov 15, 2013 at 06:48 PM
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Beautiful photos, Tony. It appears to be a Merlin of the very dark race, suckleyi, of the Pacific Northwest.

GENE



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Yikes, that bird is as big as the Merlin. That's like me trying to take home a shopping cart full of Chinese food.

I like the first shot for the Merlin's pose.



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:01 PM
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KCollett wrote:
The first image is a great post smackdown pic. Looks like the bird is trying to determine what to do next - eat in or take out. Good brightness in the second. Nicely captured.


Thanks, Ken. The Merlin knew he could not fly too far with his kill because of the weight. It had to decide on whether or not I was going to steal it.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:05 PM
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surfnron wrote:
I like them both Tony ~ Ron



Thans, Ron.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:05 PM
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DonGut wrote:
#2 is an excellent portrait style shot. Great detail as usual and you got real tight! Don


Thanks, Don.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:06 PM
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tfoltz wrote:
Tony, Great find,
I didn't think a Merlin would attempt to take down something that big, nice

-Tim


Thanks, Tim. Surprised me too that it could catch the dove.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
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kmunroe wrote:
great job on the little falcon Tony



Thanks, Ken.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
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Shasoc wrote:
I like them both, Tony. Great shots!
Socrate


Thanks, Socrate.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:08 PM
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JimLittle wrote:
Well done series!


Thanks, Jim.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:08 PM
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JPatrickH wrote:
Dear Tony: Can you tell me the place and date on which you photographed this Merlin with a Eurasian Collared-Dove, and if you actually witnessed the capture? We had a similar incident here in northern New Mexico in November 2010, but I quickly caught and rescued the dropped dove before it had been harmed by the falcon and eventually released the bird back into the wild. Also, I believe that your Merlin is an adult female of the so-called "black" subspecies, of which Vancouver Island is at the epicenter of its resident and breeding range! Otherwise, the photos are both
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Hi John,

It was taken around April 20, 2013 at Parksville, BC, Canada. I saw them both fly into the bush, but did not see the actual kill. The dove was dead when the merlin brought it out in the open and tried to fly away with it.

Tony



Nov 15, 2013 at 08:12 PM
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Great job Tony, well done.
David



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