San Joaquin Reservoir, Irvine , CA caught on 10-4-12. This is an American Kestrel (verified, not a Merlin as originally considered). Though common, I don't recall seeing one of these before. Caught him way up high on a perch above the water basin near Pond C. Very skittish .. each time I got within 20-25 yards this bird would scatter. Taken with a 400mm Canon lens 5.6 L and Canon 5D Mark III. Settings were: 1/1600s, F 6.3, Manual Mode, ISO 320, EV 0.00, AI Servo, Zone AF, AWB, Handheld.