Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Woodchat Shrike

The default shrike in the Sierra Nieves. One of the species we saw every single day of our fortnight. We had a regular male that used wires in the adjacent property each day and could often be spied from the pool before dropping onto potential prey.

On one of my early morning forays whilst the kids and wife still slept I came across a family party of two juveniles and both parents in a fenced off fruit plantation beside a river. The presence of fledged juveniles allowed me a little time to get some photographs as the female watched me closely and one of the juvs came to take a peek as I crouched nearby. I'd have preferred the male but hey beggars and all that..

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