The bird was still fairly far away. Merlins used to be hard to find, but no so much now it seems.
The Merlin stayed perched and continued to preen for about a half hour or more. A non-birder then walked up and asked what I was looking at. I showed him the bird. The conversation then turned to Bald Eagles, and about twenty minutes after we were discussing eagles, an immature Bald Eagle flew overhead. I let him use my binoculars to view the eagle, for which he was very grateful.
After the Merlin, I watched the Osprey fishing off of the beach. I don't have much luck with trying to photograph them while they are fishing. Below is an example:
(The bird is completely under the water)