Monday, November 21, 2011

Shrike Monsters


I finally managed to snag some photos of a Loggerhead Shrike recently. I went to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (on the Texas Coast) a couple different weekends in the last few weeks and there were quite a few of these guys hanging around. They had taunted me in the past so I was kinda happy to get some sharp photos of 'em.
Found some of their gruesome food caches too (a fresh vole kill and an old one, yikes). I saw one snag a wasp or two and cache it in an old snag, kinda cool. World Bird Wednesday

25 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I never knew they used barbed wire to mount their trophies. I have seen them on thorns and sharp twigs so this is a first. Very cool.

Seagull Steve said...

Love that last shot. It speaks to your true character.

Ms. Becky said...

that bird killed voles? It doesn't seem possible. shows you what I know. great shots. and the one in previous post too. happy week to you.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Awesome shots, as always.

trav4adventures said...

Awesome shots. Neat little birds!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow Jill, another amazing series, really like these!!! These are quite beautiful and must be really sharp little chaps too~

Birding is Fun! said...

Freakin' cool!

Martha Z said...

Great series, Jill. It's thrilling when we finally get good shots of a species that has been playing "hide and seek" with us.

Esther Garvi said...

Wow! Beautiful shots of the shrike and then of that poor little unfortunate too... :-) Hugs from West Africa!

ramblingwoods.com said...

Hi Jill....great captures and I guess we all have to eat, but I will pass on voles fresh or not....yuck..

heyBJK said...

Beautiful shots, Jill! I'd like to see a shrike one day.

Andrew said...

Wonderful birds to see.
I have seen lot's of images of Shrikes using thorns to hang their kill from but I heve never seen them using barbed wire.. thanks for sharing your superb images.

biobabbler said...

Yeeow! I must share that w/my coworkers. They've found some freaky stuff on barbed wire in shrike-land, but I've never heard of a vole!! Awesome. SUCH kick-ass birds. =) Thanks.

Gary said...

Great close ups!! They've illuded me also. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pat said...

Fantastic shots! They must be tough little birds!

mick said...

Great photos. It sounds as if your Shrike has habits rather like the Butcherbirds out here.

Robin said...

Great shots of an elusive bird! Well done! They are monsters, aren't they!

Springman said...

Congratulations on acheiving these beautiful close ups Jill. You've really got my bloodlust peaking. Vole on barbed wire? And I thought Sushi was raw!

holdingmoments said...

Fantastic birds to see.

Steve Borichevsky said...

I haven't seen a shrike in years. Wow, I didn't think they had the strength to take out something that large.

Hilke Breder said...

Provide, provide... Just doing his bird thing. Great series, Jill.

Arija said...

Well he does not seem to be wearing a benevolent mast, at least not to the vole. Great captures one and all Jill.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

a story conveyed within your photographs there; attractive bird.

Larry said...

These are great shots of the Loggerhead Shrike Jill! They are also a bird photography nemesis of mine. It's difficult to get a good photo of these birds without perfect light to be able to discern that black eye.

Besides that, they are not that easy to find these days, even harder to find in Canada I hear.

Love the shot with the wasp and the butcherbird's cashes are neat to see. What a find!

Scott Simmons said...

Great photos. This is one of my favorite birds.