2 May 2013

Brown Shrike



A really really crappy photo but it is (I think) a female Brown Shrike on the river near my flat this afternoon. I know it isn't brown..........this is the lucionensis subspecies. I have seen the nominate race a couple of times before in Hokkaido but have never photographed it.This is rarer and was a nice find.  It disappeared before I could get a decent shot.

Migration is hotting up but the weather is still cold..............no cherry blossoms out yet. Birds around in Goryokaku park the last few days have included a male Brambling in summer plumage, 2 Olive Backed Pipit, lots of warblers and buntings (all of which were just Japanese Bush Warbler and Black Faced Bunting), a flock of Dusky Thrush which contained 1 Brown Thrush, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Common Crossbill, lots of Barn Swallow, Red Cheeked Starling, Japanese White-eye and Common Teal.

I've never photographed Olive Backed Pipit before either.................here's another crappy photo of one.


I have 3 out of the next 4 days off, hopefully we'll get nice weather AND nice birds.

Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris, Ken Barlow? My god, who will be next?


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5 comments:

  1. What a nice find! I've never seen the nominate subspecies(superciliosus) of Brown Shrike in Japan yet, but lucionensis and confusus are pretty common in Thailand.

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    1. The nominate is pretty scarce these days and this subspecies is rarer this far north I think.

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  2. Nailed on Brown Shrike for me. Looked earlier on a crappy phone screen and was surprised to read female - it looks like a stonking adult male to me. Wouldn't a fem have scalloping down the breast sides and flanks.
    Any pic of a shrike is a good pic!

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    1. It actually looked just like the pic of a female in one of my books but yes it could well be a male........

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  3. It is a striking looking Brown Shrike. Well spotted and captured. Hope you get some good weather over the break. I'm hoping for it too.

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