|Juvenile Woodchat Shrike, Wyke Regis
|Adult Woodchat is a striking bird, but I like the subtle scalloping of the juvenile plumage
|The Shrike sat up in front of us for an extended period...
|...but there was no way go get that pesky branch out of the way!
|It even turned around for a rear view
|Better qualified people might be able to identify the prey item here
|Some kind of beetle, I presume
|Easily picked out in the hedgerow, even from distance
Just when I thought that was a real bonus, Joe tapped me on the shoulder and indicated excitedly that I should look to my left - the Shrike had just landed in the nearest bush at point blank range. We watched it watching us for a few minutes before it dropped down to feed on the ground. My youngest son Rowan, now listing like a crazy man following his success with the Cliff Swallow the previous day, joined us to try his luck for some photos. The confiding Shrike was unperturbed, and we filled our boots.
|This Ortolan Bunting popped up within yards of the Shrike
|A Common Redstart was also in the same area - looked a bit 'eastern' at first glance with a pale panel in the wing!
|A Wheatear sat up on the fence around the paddock
|A young Swallow begging for food near the paddocks
|Whinchat on the wires