“Taiga” Merlin (Falco columbarius columbarius)

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We’ve noticed a male Taiga Merlin winter in our neighborhood each winter for the past four years. I just saw him again yesterday a few blocks from our home. If we’re lucky, he’ll take his afternoon perch in the huge redwood near the pool again soon, making it five years. This colored pencil portrait was done using several photographs for reference. As usual, I composited a bit from each image to match my experience with the bird.

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