Picture of the Day - "Christmas Visitor" - Dec 25, 2016

This morning, going out the door, we had a Christmas visitor :) A Merlin. I think it was waiting for some breakfast to come along, but there was a squirrel in the tree next to the powerline that wasn't too happy about the Merlin's presence...lol. The squirrel was very vocal. I went back in the house to grab my camera. I took a few pictures and then proceeded to walk towards it. It let me walk up without making any indication that it would fly away. I was probably about 10 feet from the pole. It stayed there all that time we were out (about 10 minutes). After we left it must have flown away as it wasn't there when we got back. Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM - @400mm, 1/2000, f6.3, ISO 4000, +1.3 exposure.

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