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20100718 015 Merlin SERIES.jpg
18-JUL-2010 Hank v/d Velde

20100718 015 Merlin SERIES.jpg


Six images of two Merlin young being fed and trained. The two young Merlins are already about the size of the adults - probably at least six to seven weeks old.

In the top image, the more aggressive young is holding its breakfast (a small bird) caught by one of its parents. Both young were sitting high up in a tall oak tree, about three meters apart, when one of the parents flew by with breakfast. Both young squawked like mad, but the parent did not bring its catch to either. Instead it flew to a distant tree from which it enticed the young to come and get it. The dominant young immediately took off, retrieved the catch and flew back to its initial perch about 3 meters from its sibling. There it settled down to have an early morning breakfast.

The meeker of the two young edged a bit closer to its sibling, hoping to grab a bite; however, the dominant one would have none of it and moved further away.

The meeker one then returned to its perch at the top of the tree to pout and to anxiously wait for its meal.

All of a sudden it got exited and started to squawk louder and....

...... louder as if to demand that its meal be brought to him/her. Mom/Dad would have none of it. Again the adult with the catch landed in a distant tree enticing junior to come and get it. Junior, however, just continued its loud squawking/screaming. Then, all of a sudden........

..... one of the adults came out of nowhere, it seemed, and charged junior throwing it right of its perch. Junior then flew of and did not return. It probably ate its dinner where Mom/Dad had placed it.

Tomorrow some more images of the young Merlin having breakfast. Click "PREVIOUS"

Nikon D300S ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/400s f/6.7 at 850.0mm iso250 full exif

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Guest 06-Sep-2010 23:53
Beautiful series Hank. I love the warm lighting too.
Simon Chandler22-Jul-2010 05:17
Fantastic series. Intense and educational. v
Lieve Snellings22-Jul-2010 02:13
wow amazing Hank
Jim Coffman21-Jul-2010 23:45
Top notch series,Hank!
Nora van Beek21-Jul-2010 23:20
Your images are great on their own, but your narrative make them all the more interesting. Another fantastic series!
Maja Waiss21-Jul-2010 21:23
Fantastic!!!!! V
Brian McAllister21-Jul-2010 19:58
Absolutely stunning series Hank! Huge V.
Bill McMullen21-Jul-2010 19:39
Just great, Hank. Well done!
Robert Houde21-Jul-2010 19:07
Great find and realisation Hank, bravo.
Dominic Cantin21-Jul-2010 18:58
Excellent series Hank ! Thanks for the story too !

Dom :)
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal21-Jul-2010 18:45
Wederom een prachtige serie Hank, ik ga voor nr 2!!
Michal Leszczynski21-Jul-2010 18:34
Fantastic series Hank.
Jess. ( Lady.D.)21-Jul-2010 17:55
Good set Hank, interesting series...
Carol Breton21-Jul-2010 14:40
A fantastic and exciting series Hank! Congrats on the sighting and the shots. ~
Vince21-Jul-2010 14:35
Great series of story telling shots. Excellent details too. Vote.
jean-yves chamberland21-Jul-2010 14:33
wonderful serie Hank!
Len21-Jul-2010 12:56
Another well caught series with commentary Hank!!!!
Betty Vlasiu21-Jul-2010 12:26
Fantastic series, wonderful lighting and interesting compositions..
CM Kwan21-Jul-2010 12:16
What a lovely series, Hank! V
Penny B21-Jul-2010 11:06
Great series Hank. I wonder if the meek juvenile will get the message.
NealyBob21-Jul-2010 08:54
Wonderful series Hank demonstrating amimal behavior~!
Colin Storey21-Jul-2010 07:48
Fantastic series Hank, looking forward to tomorrows posting.
lou_rozensteins21-Jul-2010 07:19
Wonderful shots again. Well done.
slhoornstra21-Jul-2010 05:45
I know a lot of hard work and patience must go into producing these wonderful images, and they are appreciated greatly!! VVV
hge5421-Jul-2010 05:29
Fantastic series, Hank. More American parents should practice tough love with their offspring. I have never seen a Merlin in the summer. They must all be up in Canada.
Bryan Murahashi21-Jul-2010 04:55
Wonderful captures of parenting in the wild, Hank.
Ted Busby21-Jul-2010 02:59
Fabulous series Hank;

And exceptional find!
Robert D. McAlpine21-Jul-2010 02:57
Fabulous work, Hank - what an opportunity!
Coleen Perilloux Landry21-Jul-2010 02:52
Nice series. I love the expressions on their faces.
Tom Munson21-Jul-2010 02:17
Terrific series, Hank! Great behavioral images.
reflectionsofnature21-Jul-2010 02:10
Look at that early morning light! Interesting series of bird behavior.
an nguyen21-Jul-2010 02:04
Your series of bird shots brought smile to my face.
gary rouleau21-Jul-2010 01:40
Wonderful series.
Marcia Colelli21-Jul-2010 01:37
Fantastic series and narrative V
Sharon Payette21-Jul-2010 01:32
Fantastic series, Hank. Love the lighting.
Lise De Serres21-Jul-2010 01:30
What a great find Hank, thanks for sharing!!
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