Sunday, February 20, 2011

Return of the Northern Shrike

A scattering of redpoll feathers on top of the fresh snow suggested a very recent kill. Soon after I spotted a young Northern Shrike, half-concealed in the spruce tree outside our kitchen window.

For about twenty minutes I watched it preen and eye the nearby finches. Moments before launching itself at a redpoll, the shrike assumed a more horizontal posture and took on a longer, sleeker appearance.

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2 comments:

  1. Great photos. Such an intense gaze in the third shot!

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  2. Great shots! Excellent capture. Love the video!

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