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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