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Kingfisher and merlin

Megaceryle alcyon and Falco columbarius

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Need help confirming the Merlin?

Notes:

These two sat on same branch for a few minutes the kingfisher chittering at the merlin... finally the Kingfisher took off and the Merlin flew after him but returned and sat for a long time in the sun... a lazy August day. The snag was not far behind where I sit for observations. I am not sure this is a merlin can someone confirm? Merlin info links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin_%28b... http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/merli... Belted Kingfisher links http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/belte...

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2 Comments

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

She does indeed! Turns out it is the females that have the Rufus belt and it is a female that is torturing the Merlin... how sexist of me to assume it would be the male ;)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Your Kingfisher looks regal!

galewhale..Gale
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galewhale..Gale

Maine, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2010
Submitted on Jul 10, 2011

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