Having noted many of the 'flickr' photographs of a Red Backed Shrike I decided I would make the trip to Tidemills, Newhaven yesterday.
I have never known such an amazing bird, completely unphased by human presence! At first I felt that the group of birders at the site were unfair, harassing the bird, following it from bush to bush but I soon realised it was feeding quite happily whilst being photographed at short range flying within inches of the clicking cameras.
Having obtained some classic shots I tried to obtain a few 'different' shots but it wasn't easy as it seemed to pose beautifully on the highest bramble or stick in the area.
However here are a few of the 700+ shots I took in the two hour session! I'm sorry if you get bored but I was bowled over by this charismatic bird....now virtually extinct in the U.k. as a breeding species. This is a juvenile ....pity it wasn't an adult male!
|Here it is at one of several 'larders' where it impales its prey.|
|Finally....a querky close up!|
What a fantastic bird!