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Merlin Falcon photographed in Desert Hills


DESERT HILLS – Local photographer Jim Simmons photographed a Merlin Falcon in Desert Hills a few weeks ago. This raptor is not especially common in Arizona and only winters here.

The Merlin Falcon is eating a smaller bird in the photo; these birds of prey subsist mainly on a diet of smaller birds, which they catch in mid-flight.

After photographing the Merlin Falcon, photographer Simmons contacted the Arizona Game and Fish Department to help identify the bird. Simmons also reached out to The Foothills Focus, offering the fascinating photos for printing. He noted that he just happened to notice the Merlin Falcon and was able to photograph it.

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