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Old Jul 6, 2008, 1:52 PM   #1
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One version of the N. American "Butcherbird".I took these for documentationof the feedingactivity.

First is one of the fledglings





The adult with decapitated lizard



Two of the young ones begging for the catch



One got the body



One got the head




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Old Jul 7, 2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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Excellent series Vern! Photo #1 is a keeper. Thanks for sharing. Dan
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You took good advantage of the opportunity - nicely done. Shrikes are getting scarce in this part of the country (and I hear elsewhere as well) - don't see them much anymore. We used to have one with a territory adjacent to our yard (before the neighboring tract was built), but it fell out of favor with my wife when she found a tree frog skewered on the barbed wire fence!
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Old Jul 7, 2008, 6:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for looking, Dan--penolta.

I didn't expect this to be very popular but thought some might be interested as they have really declined in numbers in my area also. To find this bunch of young ones and know they were nesting in the area where found was a surprise. LOL they do have a way of turning some people off when they find out why the critters are stuck to barbs and othersharp points.
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These are truly exceptional captures. We have Northern shrikes up here but I have yet to see one. Thanks for posting.

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Old Jul 9, 2008, 8:17 PM   #6
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Jim, I appreciate your comments. This is the first time I have witnessed this with the Shrikes.
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Old Jul 10, 2008, 8:07 AM   #7
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Great find & great shots.
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