Big Brother Watching
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|Who knows when a red backed shrike perches on a wire just in front of you! That was the moment when I just got out of home for a little walk.|
The generic name Lanius comes from the Latin for "butcher".
Red-backed shrikes are slightly larger, but slimmer, than house sparrows. The male is unmistakable with a bluish-grey head, black mask, bright chestnut back and thick hooked black bill. Shrikes like to perch prominently on the tops of bushes, fence posts and telephone wires, where they have a good view of potential prey. Items caught are then taken to a larder where they are impaled on a thorn or wedged in a fork.
Where does it live?
Lowland heathland, farmland, downland and orchards with thickets and scrub.
Coastal scrub and bushes.
Where to see it
Now effectively extinct as a breeding bird and best looked for on passage in spring and autumn.(For UK)
What does it eat?
Insects, and small birds and mammals
What does it sound like?
Call a harsh 'chack'; song is a scratchy warble
When to see it
May and June, when they migrate north and from August to October when they move south.
Incubation: 12-16 days
Fledging: 14-15 days
Maximum lifespan: 7 years
Info:The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
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- [2006-06-29 16:04]
Wonderful capture.Colors,details,lighting and composition are excellent.
A great shot, well composed with nicely saturated colours and good light. TFS.
- [2006-07-01 14:30]
Cok hos ve dogal bir kare. Pastel renkler ve guzel bir kompozisyon.
- [2006-07-03 15:35]
Very nice catch of this shrike. Good colours, sharpness ok.
Very nice close-up picture. Colors are great. Blurry BG is nice.
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