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.

Mia

10 Comments

  1. Mia McPherson July 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    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 July 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

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

  3. eric c11 July 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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

  4. Wally July 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    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. Sheila July 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    A beauty in shades of grey, black and white.

  6. kim July 5, 2013 at 8:13 am

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

  7. Bob Bushell July 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Oh, that is beautiful, well done.

  8. Julie Brown July 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

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

  9. Rohrerbot July 5, 2013 at 5:57 am

    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. Elephant's Child July 5, 2013 at 4:01 am

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

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