The Merlin is the sneak attack specialist of the falcons. This particular bird was a perfect example. My friend and I were scoping some shore birds including Semi-palmated Plovers, Piping Plovers and Greater Yellowlegs when this Merlin came in out of nowhere and quickly snatched an unsuspecting Semi-palmated Plover right in front of us. I was not quick enough to snap photos of the attack as I was caught unaware as much as the shorebirds were. Luckily the Merlin decided to have her meal near by.