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.”]

Cooper’s Hawk at Queen Elizabeth Park

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Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile/1st year) | Épervier de Cooper | Accipiter cooperii: My son and I were lucky to spot and then get decent photos this Cooper’s Hawk as we were walking around Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park. Now if only I owned a more powerful lens, I would not have had to crop this photo as much as I did! One day, maybe…

Taken July 23, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 900, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500, cropped). Not baited, called in or set up.