28 January 2010

On this day (January 28th)....................

Merlin on a wire

January 28th 2008.

A male Merlin on the outskirts of Hakodate, just before sunset. This is a winter visitor in small numbers. They favour the snow covered ricefields in Ono and Nanae but I've also seen them in town, on one occasion I saw a female from my living room window.

They like perching on wires and fenceposts and have a canny ability to fly off the second before the camera's AF locks on.


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