A Merlin (Falco columbarius) perching on flowering gorse. Taken in Northumberland, in open countryside, earlier this week. The birds were handled by a falconer. Unfortunately, due to the high winds, it was impossible to allow the birds to fly, so instead of the hoped for in-flight action shots we had to be content with them sitting pretty A stunning experience though.
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