Saturday, 17 December 2016

Merlin - Beeley Moor, shades of brown

Whilst I was searching for the Dusky Thrush yesterday Ken had a more productive morning on Beeley Moor and came across this female Merlin. 
In overcast conditions the female's colour is a close match to the heather moorland and grasses. Looks like she has fed recently with extended crop.
With just one or two sightings a month they are scarce on the moor in the winter but then so are the Meadow Pipits which they hunt.
Merlin - female (© Ken Smith)

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