PRAIRIE MERLIN (FALCO COLUMBARIUS RICHARDSONI), GREEN, MICHIGAN, MAY 30, 2012
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/1000 sec. f11
If I have not misidentified it, this Prairie Merlin, a small and very quick falcon, was sitting high in a dead tree near a creek at the roadside close by our cabin on Lake Superior when I drove past. It appears to be a female. It used to be called the "pigeon hawk" in these parts.