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Butcher Bird II by ernieleo Butcher Bird II by ernieleo
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Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is a songbird that hunts like a small hawk. Preying on insects and other small animals (including birds).
In the past they were widely distributed around farms and suburbs. They have often been known as butcherbirds, because their habit of impaling prey on thorns reminded people of the way butchers hang meat. By this ingenious method, shrikes compensate for the lack of strong talons with which birds of prey hold their catches while they bite off edible chunks. A close relative, the Northern Shrike, has also adapted to the lifestyle of a hawk.

In the past few years, the Loggerhead Shrike has aroused serious concern because of its declining numbers throughout its range in Canada and the United States.
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mycelialpix Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Something about this photo in black and white is incredible. This does great justice to one of my favorite birds :D Nicely done!
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TricksterBlueJay Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This is a great picture, the bird practically was posing for you :clap:

In some parts of Mexico, Loggerhead Shrikes are known as "verdugos" (executioners). I've seen several on the grounds of the university where I study and a few near my house too. During a field trip we even got to catch one with a mist net, but my photo is horrible [link] XD
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Thank you very much :woohoo:
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LostImages Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Good composition and focus. Well done.
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Thank you very much :woohoo:
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LostImages Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
You are welcome. :)
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DGAnder Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Cool shot, not sure about the B&W treatment, but this is a very wary bird and tough to get a shot of.
Very nice capture. :D
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Thanks =) color version [link] if your interested...

This is the one and only one I've ever seen....had to go home and I.D. it on the computer...
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celexana Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a wonderful shot of that bird, I like the B/W too~~ =)
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Thanks =)
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celexana Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome =)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa... fierce-looking little thing! :O
I've only actually seen one in Brian Jacques' book, "Tales of Redwall: The Bellmaker"
The butcherbird in that book did help a few of the good guys for a little while (the bad guys being common enemies), but was too unpredictable to keep friendly with - finished up trying to attack one of the goodies when he hurled insults at him in order to goad him into completing a vital mammoth task. :XD:
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Thanks for you comment and viewing =)
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BekkaLynn Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow what a beak on this bird! Very nice shot for sure! =D
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
It was a hard bird to I.D. and have not seen one since =)
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BekkaLynn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I bet it was hard to I.D.
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Quest2694 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Realy nice capture - some great depth too in the greys.
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Thanks....very lucky to have even see it =)
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Quest2694 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
I know - how did you get close enough to even see him?
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the shrikes but i can never get their eyes in focus ;) this is a great shot!!!!!
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Thank you very much.....I focused on the :eye: ;)
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao: they are usually so far away from me i con not see the eyes....glad you posted a great pic so i know what they look like!
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Wonderful shot! :clap:
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Thank you =)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful little guy
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
:nod: Its the only one I've ever seen!!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its pretty cool
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