Fortunately I did not have to wait long before one of the birds turned up. First views were a bit disappointing. It did not look like the sleek hunting bird I had remembered from Thursley Common. Instead it looked like a cute cuddly child's toy.
|Great Grey Shrike - seems pretty relaxed|
I am sure it knew where I was standing but it did not seem concerned and sat for a good ten minutes whilst I took pictures of it. It was quite a chilly morning so it was probably happier sitting under fluffed up feathers than having to fly around.
At one point It saw something that interested it and seemed about to take off but then thought better of it.
|Looking more like a mini polar bear|
After a while it started to get a bit more active, moving around between various perches and starting to look more like the Great Grey Shrike I remembered.
|Looks more of a hunter now|
By about 0915 there were a number of birders starting to gather on the road and it seemed like a wise move to withdraw from the position I was holding. As I left the bird headed over towards the road. Perhaps it was interested to see who its next group of admirers were.
I was pleased. It had been a good morning. I would be back home by ten with some decent pictures and I had also had good views of at least another twenty species.