A Cooperative Loggerhead Shrike juvenile

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From all appearances it has been a great nesting season for the Loggerhead Shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) on Antelope Island State Park, it seems everywhere I look there are numerous juvenile Shrikes perched on bushes near rather harried looking adults.

Juvie Loggerhead ShrikeJuvie Loggerhead Shrike – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, 0.7+ EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Yesterday while photographing an adult shrike I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye and saw this cooperative Loggerhead Shrike juvenile perched on a bush with the Great Salt Lake in the background. I was able to take about 20 images before the juvie flew off.

I really like the black mask this species has.

Mia

14 Comments

  1. Jeremy Medina July 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Great capture Mia! It looks so soft and cute, we know better.

    • Mia McPherson July 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Yes Jeremy, we know this young Butcher Bird is just waiting to show how tough it really is! Thanks for your comment.

  2. Susan July 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Wonderful photo, doesn’t look like a predatory species at all:)

    • Mia McPherson July 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Susan, they sing like a songbird but they act like little raptors! You should see them impale their prey.

  3. Laurence Butler July 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Such handsome birds!

    • Mia McPherson July 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      I agree! Thanks Laurence.

  4. Carol Mattingly July 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    He looks like a serious little guy too. Carol

    • Mia McPherson July 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Carol, they do look pretty serious, don’t they? Thans for your comment.

  5. Julie G. July 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Very handsome bird! Fantastic photograph!

    • Mia McPherson July 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you Julie, the bird picked a nice perch and a great background to pose for me!

  6. Julie Brown July 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

    For such a fierce species, the juvi looks cute here! Nice light, as always, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson July 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Julie, it had rained the day before (after months of no rain) and that helped to clear the air which I think made the light even better than normal.

  7. Bob Zeller July 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Great photo of the Loggerhead Shrike, Mia.

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