Friday, July 25, 2014

Red-backed Shrike

Another bird seen every day and in many habitats.  Common and beautiful.  

This is mostly what I got for my photo attempts - a fleeing red-backed shrike; this one where the little hook on its bill tip is seen.  But I saw the bird enough that I could be persistent.

A little closer.

Head turned away and a little fuzzy.

Looking right at me and also showing the pinkish breast.

But finally in reasonable light with a gleam in its eye

Perhaps a little closer.

In shadow, but still in good light, with its black mask and pinkish flanks showing nicely.

There may have been a couple of other reasonable photos, but I deleted in favor of those I show here. Like the Roller, a really beautiful bird that was seen often.   

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