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  •  Okay, got a look at higher quality pix. (3+ / 0-)
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    tgypsy, BirderWitch, ivorybill

    It's not an adult, which is disappointing on one level (since I've never handled an adult merlin, and how cool for my first to be a Black to boot) but reassuring on another level (how the hell could I overlook the fact that it was an adult??)

    The better photos don't show the blue-ish tones, and you can see some faint scalloping on the back feathers.  What I thought might be wear was actually just a bit of messing up from being in the net - in a few minutes the bird will have preened it back into perfection.

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