I spent this evening photographing this young male merlin on the edge of Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire. Choosing this natural perch I was able to hide the jesses whilst the bird sitting down really helped too. This falcon is so relaxed - it's a real joy to work with. Thanks to Ben and Joe for letting me get some cracking portraits of what is my favourite bird of all time..!
This first year male merlin is just one of the captive birds used on our bird of prey photographic workshops in Yorkshire. Hopefully by next summer he will be in his full adult plumage.