_RK_3424 northern harrier dive 2014

northern harrier hawk in a twisting dive seeking prey in the half-dried marsh

_RK_3257 merlin flight 2014

Merlins can accelerate in flight at tremendous speeds.
I watched this one leave its perch in a tree and impossibly quick it was past me and down the canal line.

_RK_3295 merlin in tree med2014

The sharply swept back, long tapered wings say “falcon”. This is the falcon known as a merlin.
They sometimes visit Mattamuskeet Refuge for the winter.

_RK_3126 imm red shoulder hawk 2014

Yes, I was indeed almost directly beneath this immature re-shouldered hawk when he took flight
and let all the glorious autumn morning light shine through wings and tail.