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Loggerhead shrike        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Loggerhead shrikes are unusual songbirds, well known for their predatory habits.   They use their large hooked bills to catch, kill, and eat large insects as well as small rodents and birds.   Unlike hawks, they lack strong raptorial feet for holding prey, so they often impale victims on thorns or the points of barbed-wire fences.   Unfortunately, these interesting birds are declining in many parts of their range.   These were in California (the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Riverside County, Mono Lake, ear Palm Desert, and in San Benito County) and on Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida.   The faintly barred bird is a juvenile.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, most with fill-in flash (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)