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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...Show more →
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.