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Red-backed Shrike

 Narewka Bridge, Bialowieza, north-east Poland. 19 May 2017
EOS 7D mk II with EF 500f4 II & x1.4TC
ISO 400 1/800 sec @f9

On this brief trip to the famous Bialowieza ancient forest in north-east Poland, my main targets were species such as Collared Flycatcher and River Warbler. These were however proving to be challenging to find, let alone photograph well. So I wasn't going to turn down the opportunity of getting a photo of anything else that was being more obliging. Returning from a walk on which I'd had a brief glimpse of a River Warbler, returning to the car I noticed a Red-backed Shrike fly out of a tall bush right by the car. So using the car as a hide, I decided to see if it came back. Much to my surprise, it did! Over the next couple of hours it returned several times. It didn't appear to be nesting here, but was instead using as a place to consume its prey items.

I took loads of photos, but this is the one I like best, as it shows the bird in the act of consuming an unfortunate insect. Fortunately, the sun was strong and pretty well in the right direction, allowing for a low ISO setting and even the luxury of being able to stop the lens down a bit.

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