I expected duck photos and got a Merlin. This female used her perch to survey the mass of dragonflies below. She regularly dove then reappeared on this tree with a dragonfly in talon.

The Merlin Falcon Foundation has information on Merlins of Western Washington and British Columbia, including Merlin behavioral insights and audio of their vocalizations.

Female Merlin on Tree

Female Merlin - ©ingridtaylar

Female Merlin Eating Dragonfly

Female Merlin & Dragonfly - ©ingridtaylar