Loggerhead Shrike On A Fence

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I posted an image of a Loggerhead Shrike a few weeks ago.  Tonight I’m posting a much better image, I think.


Loggerhead Shrikes are winter residents in southern Arizona.  They’re birds of open country.  One typically finds them in grasslands or near agricultural fields.  They aren’t very big.  A shrike is smaller than a robin or a jay.  But, they are pugnacious little predators.  Loggerhead Shrikes pretty much occupy the same niche as American Kestrels.  They prey on anything smaller than they are that they can catch and kill: insects, mice, even smaller birds.  They also have a well-known tendency to impale their prey on sharp objects like thorns or the spikes of barbed wire fences.

These feisty little birds are very difficult to photograph.  As high strung as they are, they tend to fly as soon as they sense that they’re being approached.  I got lucky with this one.  It was sitting on a fence and, uncharacteristically, let me walk to within about 20 feet of it before it flew.

Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm f4-5.6 ISII zoom lens+1.4x Telextender, aperture priority setting,  ISO 640, f8 @ 1/800.


2 Replies to “Loggerhead Shrike On A Fence”

  1. tkiiatmindspringcom says:

    Thanks for the information on Loggerhead Shrikes. Most interesting, especially the part about impaling their prey!

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