Merlin in Queen Elizabeth Park

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Merlin (female juvenile) | Faucon émerillon | Falco columbarius: Photo taken in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, on May 13, 2016 with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1250), cropped (quite significantly). Not baited, called in or set up.

[Update: After looking at my field guide yet again, I’ve come to the conclusion that this must be the female of a nesting pair in the park. The darker west coast version of this bird had essentially no “moustache.”]

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