Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 208 - Grey Shrike-Thrush

Back on home turf for this weeks WBW.

I think everyone has birds that they have trouble seeing - or in this case photographing.  I have struggled (with no good reason) to get anything resembling decent pictures of Grey Shrike-Thrush.  This is not because it is rare, or lives in the depths of a dark and dismal swamps with not light, its just that I did not seem to get decent pictures of this species.

So, when I was out for a morning wander at The Prom a couple of weeks ago I was pleased to encounter this bird.  I think it may have been looking for food from me, as it was hopping around a BBQ area.  I had to disappoint it!

The Grey Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) is about 22-26 cm long and its behaviour (at least on the ground) reminds me of a Song Thrush or a Blackbird.  The common name is a great example of one that makes no real sense, as the bird in neither Shrike nor Thrush.  However, in this case I can see the similarity to Thrushes, and the "shrike" bit comes from the birds powerful beak.  The 'harmonica' part of the formal name refers to the birds musical ability - which is very high.  I always think of the word 'silver' when I hear their ringing call.

One of the reasons I like this bird is that it manages to be magnificent without being colourful.






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29 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I agree with you. Magnificent in understatement.

Brian King said...

Very subtle, yet handsome bird. Beautiful shots!

Modesto Viegas said...

Unknown to me, very nice bird.
Good shots!

NatureFootstep said...

I´m glad you finally got your images. It IS a beautiful little one :)

Thanks for hosting.

Frank Boxell said...

Described as drab but I prefer dapper and the song (I checked it out on zeno-canto.org) is delightful.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful little thing with its golden eyebrow.

Andrea Priebe said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. On first glance the Shrike looked like an ordinary bird, but as I looked closer, I was struck by it'a subtle beauty. I am glad you finally got the opportunity to capture him in all of his glory ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wonderful Portraits...each and ALL photos. I have that problem too - often!!

Chris Rohrer said...

I think this is a stunner of a bird. Nice photos!

Gayle venturesinphotos said...

Cute little thing and you captured it well.

Georgie B said...

HI, LUCKY YOU, PLAIN BUT PLEASANT. I HAVE A PAIR LIVING AROUND OUR HOME AND THEY ARE VERY SHY BIRDS AND LIKE TO STAY UNDER THE TREE CANOPY,AND THEY DO NOT WAIT FOR ME TO PICK UP MY CAMERA. JUST LOVE THEIR SONG, SO PRETTY.ENJOYING YOUR SITE AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTO,S.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

You caught the bird in a variety of nice poses. Aside from ist color, its shape rmeinds me of our American Robin, but with very short legs and maybe a shorter but more substantial bill. Glad you finally "found" this one!

Beth said...

Enjoy learning about new birds.

pattisjarrett said...

It looks like you've finally been successful in getting some nice shots of it. Hmm, I wonder if they've just run out of names for birds? LOL It is a beautiful bird, so glad we get to see it.

Tiina V. said...

Very beautiful bird.
Great photos!

Linda W. said...

By the looks of those shots, I'd say you were successful!

Missy George said...

I have several birds that are camera shy and I don't have the patience to pursue them..They have to be "sitting ducks" so to speak...I always enjoy your efforts..

photodoug said...

Stewart, A fine bird. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn Kircus said...

As usual, you always have great and yet unknown-to-me species.

Dave Lewis said...

I thought the photos were great. I went online and listened to their songs. You're right, they were wonderful, thanks!

Linda said...

Cute little bird! The name seems strange.

diane b said...

I find all birds hard to capture. They just don't sit still enough.

Rhodesia said...

Great photos. Sorry I have not been visiting, but after being away for a month in the USA, and we are now redecorating our house after 10 years - time is at a minimum. I hope to be back to normal soon but with over 2000 holiday photos to go through..... Take care Diane

June Caedmon said...

He is quite magnificent! Nicely captured!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He IS stately and, yes, magnficent in his monochrome beauty! I wish I had a bird of any color to post.

Adam Jones said...

It looks like a smashing bird. Looks to me like a cross between a Blackbird (in shape) and Dunnock (in colouration).

Wally Jones said...

Well, now you can't say you aren't able to get good photos of this species anymore! Terrific shots! And I see what you mean by it looks great without much flashy color.

Very nice!

Marie C said...

It's beauty is not only in the "silver" plumage, and silver song, but in its lovely form...a good bird to try to track down to shoot...this time he tracked you down! :-)

Christian Perrin said...

Lovely shots, Stewart, and glad you finally got this bogey-bird sorted out with your camera. I always call this plain, outstanding singer the "Susan Boyle of the Bush" haha! :-D