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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Feb - 11 - 2014

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Shrikes are obscenely cute for something so ferocious, and I’m terribly fond of them.  I spied this young bird streaking past while out searching for Snowy Owls on Saturday, and promptly turned the car around for a better look.

Northern Shrike

I only ever see shrikes during the colder months, and they tend to pop up unexpectedly.  This one didn’t seem to mind my presence, giving me a good twenty minutes of drawing time while it twisted its little head about in search of prey.

Northern Shrike

Categories: Field Sketches