Balearic Woodchat Shrike (56)
|On the fencing that screens the birds from the visitors to a hide we saw this Shrike.|
Balearic Woodchat Shrike, Lanius senator badius
Swedish name: Balearisk Rödhuvad törnskata
The male and female are similar but I take this to be a male. Another view of another individual is shown in the WORKSHOP.
This is the smallest species of Shrike, being slightly smaller that the European starling.
It is regarded as a Balearic subspecies of the Woodchat Shrike that is found in S. Europe and the Anatolian peninsula. The differences are slight.
It nests in dense bushes and spends the winter in tropical Africa
This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 8 meters (26 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened using the unsharp mask mode and converted from RAW to JPEG.