Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Great Grey Shrike


Another milestone has been reached in my Birding Pursuits.
This is the first Great Grey Shrike I have seen and I was able to get some shots of it as well.
There have been two separate birds reported in the local area over the last couple of weeks and quite a number of images taken. So I decided to have a look for it at the location reported. On arrival there were two local Birding Colleagues MW and JHPS already in attendance so I didn't have to look for it myself.{:)) It was first observed on telegraph wires quite some distance away, I was afforded some great views through MW's scope (Thanks Mike). I was surprised at how big it was compared to a number of Goldfinchs on the same wires. It eventually came much closer firstly on wires then on a small disused farm building and even tall bushes. It was quite wary and maintained a healthy distance.









42 comments:

  1. a really neat looking GGS Roy and such a joy to find and also to get the great photos.

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  2. HI Roy. how wonderful that you were able to see this lovely little bird and then to get these great shots of it. Only ever seen this bird on the continent.

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  3. You got some good images Roy.

    Only time I've seen one was a distant bird departing its bush I'd accidentally flushed it from. lol

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  4. That's a nice new tick for you Roy, and you managed to get an excellent set of images to go with it...[;o)

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  5. Always a thrill to add a new one Roy. Lovely clear photos.

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  6. Wow great photos and a good looking bird....you must be chuffed....

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  7. Hey Roy... Congrat's , exciting when that happens!! Then to get photo's even better, good ones to!!
    Not quite sure but it looks like the Northern Shrike , I have seen in the back yard. They are quite a predator!! I have seen them pick a small bird of in a quick flash!!
    There is also the Loggerhead Shrike, they are not in this part of the states, the black streak goes right to the end of the bill where the Northern's doesn't'!!

    Nice addition to your list !! : )

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, yes its the Northern version.{:))

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  8. gefeliciteerd Roy je hebt hem er heel mooi opstaan en nogwel meerdere malen.

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  9. Very nice pictures Roy! I see it came closer during your time there! Cracking bird!
    J
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    1. Thanks John, yes and to think I almost left the area earlier.{:))

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  10. Roy, we have 2 shrikes here in the USA. the one we get here in AZ is the Loggerhead Shrike and the one farther north is the Northern Shrike. I think our northern and your great grey are the same species. Your picture looks like the northern shrike in my bird guide. I always find it interesting to see what birds we have in common.The Northern is larger and has a thinner mask than the Loggerhead shrike. the northern has a more limited range than the loggerhead and both ranges overlap in the middle of of the country. I am so glad you got to see this bird. BTW, is that a Bonaparte's Gull in your header?

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    1. Yes Kathie its the same Northern Shrike as yours.
      The gull is the Black-headed Gull.
      Thanks.

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  11. Great stuff Roy and what a super looking bird ! These sometimes turn up around East Yorkshire though I've yet to see one myself.

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  12. Never seen one before - what a beauty!

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  13. Congrats with your GGS! They are interesting birds. Now you know where to find it you will for sure see some more. Great you could take so much nice pictures.

    Regards,
    Marianne

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    1. Thanks Marianne. I will be on the look out.{:))

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  14. Hi Roy! What great shots of the Shrike...I think it is the same as our Shrike but I have never ever
    been able to get a pic of one....lucky you!!! And Blue Sky Too!

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  15. Well done for seeing the Great Grey Shrike and for taking those superb photos, too. It is a lovely little bird.

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  16. Oh yes, definitely congratulations are in order for seeing this little bird. Great photos Roy! And thanks for stopping by and giving me a chuckle with your comment.

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  17. Hi Roy!
    Lucky you!
    That species has eluded me for ages!
    Great series!
    Cheers, keep well

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  18. It is a very striking bird! Lovely! I like the shots on the chimney.

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  19. Congratulatiosn with this lifer. Great shots of this littel raptor.
    Sjerp

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  20. Here I am quite envious of Roy, because I've never seen it with my own eyes Shrike. Beautiful series lets you see here.

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