Calling adult Loggerhead Shrike

Calling adult Loggerhead ShrikeCalling adult Loggerhead Shrike

Two days ago I posted a portrait of a juvenile Loggerhead Shrike that I had photographed on Antelope Island State Park, today I am posting an image of an adult Loggerhead Shrike taken a day after I photographed the young shrike.

This adult was busy trying to feed a passel of fledglings and took a short break on the top of a Sagebrush near the pickup. This time of the year the adults look a bit ragged, probably from all the hectic activity involved in taking care of their young although I am just guessing about that. At any rate during the fall and winter the adults do have a more “dapper” look than they do during the breeding season.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Lately I am feeling as worn out as this adult Shrike probably did, look how far behind I am in thanking you all for your comments.

    Life gets busy, but thank you all.

  2. Jane Chesebrough

    Probably like a lot of parents, feeling “worn out” tending to the young. Great shot, Mia.

  3. very nice this portrait, position, attitude, ligth, details,
    all is well combined, bravo mia ☺

  4. Yep, keeping up with the youngsters’ demands can make that “dapper” look disappear by the end of the day! I love the “Butcher Bird”!

    Very nice, Mia.

  5. A beauty in shades of grey, black and white.

  6. I love the lighting, the feel, of your images Mia. This loggerhead is exquisite.

  7. Oh, that is beautiful, well done.

  8. Nice view of the tongue. I find shrikes to be fascinating little predators.

  9. This is one of my favorite birds. Smart and sassy birds. I watched one stare down a Red-tail Hawk. It was pretty funny. Lovely shot!

  10. Given how demanding fledglings are (any fledglings) I think this is a remarkably elegant bird.

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