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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Great Grey Shrike - Napton on the Hill

Reports of a Great Grey Shrike at Napton on the Hill motivated me to go out, despite the the dull and eventually damp conditions. The Shrike was on the wires along the old road to Napton Industrial Estate, very mobile and distant. As the rain began to fall heavier, it was last seen in hot pursuit of a small bird over the canal. Some birders reported the Shrike as coming close at times but unfortunately, this was not the case while I was there. The distance and conditions did not bode well for pictures, so below are some record shots.




6 comments:

Keith said...

Well done Kevin, these are great shots considering the weather, distance etc! For info the bird was still showing well @ 14.40hrs near Lower Fields Farm and seemed to be heading further towards the Grandborough direction. Is this last years wintering bird on the way across??

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Keith. Glad the Shrike reappeared! The small group of birders present did consider if it was the Grandborough bird. Might be worth keeping an eye on both areas. I was feeling a bit "stale" so this was a good motivator. Just got to get myself some obliging Waxwings now!

ShySongbird said...

Now what was that I read in the comments on the last post about not chasing anymore sightings from now on... you just couldn't resist it could you? :)

Very well done, I think you did very well to get the shots in today's conditions!

Kevin Groocock said...

You got me there, ShySongbird! However, I did not go at first report! Now, I will not go for anymore - (until next time?)!LoL.

Max Silverman said...

Well done Kevin.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max - are you going for it?