Shitada-mura, Niigata, Japan
March 11, 2005
I was living there right through winter 2004/05 and saw some wonderful things including my first Steller's Sea-eagle.
As far as Merlins go, I haven't had any better photo opportunities other than this. I saw my fist Merlin chasing birds in a city park in Saitama back in 2000, and the last one I saw was sitting high up on a wire near Fukushimagata a few years ago.
A dynamic little raptor, I'd love to see another one and get better shots than this.
The photo was taken with my fist digital camera, a Panasonic FZ-20 bridge camera.