Loggerhead Shrike by Kimberly Chadwick

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Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, 2010
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Loggerhead Shrike

This open-country bird is declining over most of its range. Males impales prey – large insects and small reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and passerines – on barbed wire and thorns to cache food and mark territories (indicating their fitness to potential mates).

With their sharp vision, Loggerheads can spot prey 70 yards away and can carry, using their bills, more than their own weight in flight.

Found in open country, lowland plains, grassy pastures, or hillsides with short grass and low shrubs and trees. Builds cup-like nest in thick shrubs or low trees.

VOICE Song a series of harsh paired phrases repeated at precise intervals. Calls include harsh fusses.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Kimberly!! Beautifully composed and the lighting is excellent!! Well done!!!

  • Thank you so very much Blair! Your support is always welcome!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Kimberly. Shrikes are n my “to get” list.

  • Much appreciated Michael, thank you for your great comments!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 5 years ago

    lovely, lovely image, Kimberly … I adore the soft background and strong light on your beautiful birdie friend!!

  • I do so thank you for your support and comments Lois!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 5 years ago

    Instant FAV for me Kim. Love the background and I hope the little bird never becomes just a memorie. Barb

  • I too hope that Barbara! He is one of my favs to watch and see. So I try to get a shot when I can. This was a lucky day for capturing this guy! Thank you for your support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 5 years ago

    Great viewing young lady!!

  • Anthony, thank you very much~ I appreciate your support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Awesome detailed work Kim, I believe this could be the first for our group, love the bokeh background…inst fave BTW

  • Thank you so very much Larry! I am pleased that you like it so much~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeabout 5 years ago

    Stunning capture Kimberly, love the background.

  • Thank you for your visit Gabriellehope~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    These birds are rarely seen here anymore, at least I haven’t seen one in quite a while. I remember the first time I saw one – was just a kid back in the ‘50s, & a shrike had impaled a mouse on a barberry thorn right outside my parents’ bedroom window – sounds grisly, but my father, a great birdwatcher, told me the whole natural history of the shrike & its habits before showing it to me. What a guy – & my mother was similarly gifted in these matters!! This is a marvelous shot of this fellow – lucky you to have caught him so well. We also have the Northern Shrike in these parts – a slightly larger bird, also rarely seen.

  • What a great memory to share with me Sheila, Thank you so very much. I hope they are going to be around and don’t turn into a permanent memory~ Thank you

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7about 5 years ago

    Lovely capture of this shrike, and compliments to the superb background. >Ron<

  • Many thanks Sundawg~ I appreciate the wonderful comments and the visit!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture and many thanks for the interesting infos

  • Thank you very much Silvia, I try with all my images. I am pleased that you stopped by~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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