Interlude – Brown Shrike

Lanius cristatus lucionensis is a common Spring migrant through HK. But not common in my garden. I was more than a little tickled this morning to have 4 of them in the garden – a new garden tick. Here are some of the shots. I will return to the modern family anon. It struck a very loud chord!!! Thank you.

Over to you Mr./Mrs. Shrike.

Lanius cristatus lucionensis

Lanius cristatus lucionensis

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21 thoughts on “Interlude – Brown Shrike

  1. Hello:

    Very sorry to take the liberty to disturb you.

    Because of the public works need to produce bird’s signboard, red-tailed Shrike is one of the content of the signboard, browse to this red-tailed Shrike photo is very beautiful, i would like to ask if you can authorize the use of red-tailed Shrike photos? Photographer’s name will be identified in the signboard section.

    Due to design requirements, it is necessary to draw the drawing of the prototype for the photograph.

    I kindly ask you to help, i hope you reply, thank you very much.

    • Thank you endlessframe. It was a very cloudy day and shutter speeds were really too low but you work with what you get. I’d love to have some soft warm light to work with but no such luck.

  2. A gorgeous shrike. The North American shrike is dull compared to this one. YOu must have been excited for this lovely to hang around the garden for a “spell.” The first pic is the best post if were picking merely for a modle pose of the bird. But all of them are scu good pics.

    The color of the shrike in some weird way reminded me of the endangered “pink” dolphins. At least I think the poor things are endangered now. From what I am reading the pollution problem is not much of an issue for the government.

  3. whilst I love the colourful bird, Brown Shrike, I was staring at the thorny spurs on the 3rd Photo, Andrew,. I need to cut back my Pyracantha and it brought back unhappy and painful memories of the last attack by me.. .. 😉 xx

    • Ah, these are Bougainvillea thorns. They can do a fair amount of damage but the flowers look terrific. Pruned with great care.

  4. Would love to see some birds in my garden. The gulls scare everything away. They nest on the roof tops and can be quite aggressive. The only bird that really isn’t scared is a robin that winters in my garden bushes. Come spring time though it moves on to pastures new.

    • How about putting an owl on the roof for a while, or just some netting? Gulls can be a pain, unless you’re a gull freak. I would hate a home without birds.

      • Fortunately they’re not on my roof. My next door neighbour has an owl. The gulls sit on it. The best battles are when the buzzard fly over from the surrounding hills, then all hell lets loose.

  5. Picking one as a favorite is a thorny dilemma. But I’ll go with number three as I like the fine breast fluff that has spread onto the wing. This is a very lovely bird and you must be happy to have these shots. Is it an unusual visitor for you? What is hanging from number 2’s bill? Bit of dinner ort? 🙂

    • Probably a morsel of cat-erpillar, Steve. I see this bird each year but never so close and in the garden. I posted a distant shot a week or so ago and thats often as close as I get. One is still around this afternoon.

  6. Ah, much nicer feast for the eyes than the modern family. I like the first one with that cute turn of the head. I like the others too of course (she adds hastily).

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