To our surprise this turned out to be a real result. One birder just leaving as we arrived; the bird showing well and only about twenty yards away; perfect conditions for photography; and two hours with Dave and me as the only people watching it.
|Searching for food|
|Lovely bird to photograph|
|Caught a number of bees|
|Taking a rest|
|Posing for pictures|
|Pulling the wings and legs off|
|A tasty morsel - one of many|
|No fear of people|
We were not the only ones exited by the Shrike. Some of the local Whitethroats clearly did not want it on their patch. This aggressive male chased it away from one of its favourite perches but stayed well clear of that beak.
|Aggressive Whitethroat enjoying his captured perch|
The Shrike seemed more interested in feeding than fighting as did most of the other Whitethroats. They seemed to have switched from an insect to a berry diet and were busy feeding on the Blackberries.
|Whitethroat fattening up on the blackberries|
I usually reckon on a success rate of about one good picture in every hundred shots taken. Today I came away with more than twenty shots worth keeping, I saw a great bird close up, and got a life tick for this country. By any standard that makes it a good days birding.