Recently Fledged Loggerhead Shrike

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Juvenile Loggerhead ShrikeRecently Fledged Loggerhead Shrike

The past few times I have gone to Antelope Island the Loggerhead Shrike fledglings have been very visible and active. They are learning what to eat, what not to eat and they are still being fed by the adults. The weather the last time I was on the island wasn’t all that great at times as clouds bloomed towards the north and west which didn’t make for the best background in this image of a recently fledged Loggerhead Shrike. It won’t be long before these young Loggerhead Shrikes earn the name “Butcher Bird” by following their parents wing beats!



  1. Mia McPherson July 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you all for your comments on this Loggerhead Shrike post.

    M. Bruce, I have heard them called Butcher Birds, partly because they use twigs, barbed wire and other sharp protrusions like thorns as “larders” to cache their prey.

  2. M. Firpi July 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Mia, I love this portrait with that light as it is.

  3. Nicole July 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    THis is a gorgeous picture!! What a beautiful creature!!

  4. Patty chadwick July 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Great composition…great shot. Interesting background and light.

  5. M. Bruce July 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Even though all your photography is wonderful, I think this may be one your more esthetically pleasing images. The balance and tone are really perfect to my eye and of course the handsome subject certainly added to that. As a small child I was told by a neighbor that this was a “butcher bird”, a misnomer I believe you may have also heard.

    Your work will always be a benchmark Mia, constantly showing me how far I have to go – keep it up!

  6. Sherry in MT July 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    That is the cutest little bird ever!!!

  7. Stu July 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

    very Cute

  8. Steve Grobschmidt July 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    What a beautiful bird!

    Amazing photo, as always.

  9. judy watson July 9, 2013 at 5:30 am

    What a cutie.
    I need to get back out there.

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