Not for the faint-hearted, this one.
Pat Fennessy was lucky enough to see and film a young female Merlin immediately after it caught a juvenile Starling, near Slea Head last Saturday. The falcon was so intent on despatching its victim that it allowed approach to within just a few feet. If you are squeamish, perhaps have a look at this clip HERE instead.
Young female Merlin, killing a juvenile Starling, near Slea Head, Co. Kerry, 16th August 2014 (Pat Fennessy).