Merlin acrobatics

Like other falcons, Merlins can fly incredibly fast and perform wild acrobatics. I’m 90% sure I saw it nab a dragonfly out of the air while doing a barrel roll. No joke!

   22 September 2023
   1/1600s    f/9   400mm   ISO 320
A Merlin is turning sharply, giving is a good look at its underwings and tail patterns. Shorebirds are scattering below