A Cooperative Loggerhead Shrike juvenile



From all appearances it has been a great nesting season for the Loggerhead Shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) on Antelope Island State Park, it seems everywhere I look there are numerous juvenile Shrikesperched on bushes near rather harried looking adults.

Yesterday while photographing and adult Shrike I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye and saw this juvenile perched on a bush with the Great Salt Lake in the background. I was able to take about 20 images before the juvie flew off.

Juvie Loggerhead Shrike – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, 0.7+ EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I really like the black mask this species has.

Mia

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

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