- Colin Severs
- I have been digiscoping for around 18 years now and through persistence and good equipment I am getting great results. I use a Swarovski 80hd spotting scope and a Sony RX100 camera which has just replaced my old faithful Nikon P5100. The majority of my bird watching takes place in County Durham in England which has a variety of different habitats from coast to moors. Digiscoping is great because it allows me to get good photos without disturbing birds. VIEW THE LATEST PHOTOBOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Desert Grey Shrike
Again I was out before sunrise and got to the dunes area just as the sun was rising above the horizon.
Then, in the distance, on top of a bush, on top of a dune I could see the Desert Grey Shrike silhouetted against the dawn sky. It was still over 200 yards away.
I got closer to it and noticed that between its calls, the bird was singing, and it was a little flighty - previous mornings it had been quite approachable, then I noticed that it was a bit darker than the bird I had seen earlier in the holiday.
This was a different bird, it had no supercillium.
It then started fluttering on its perch and calling constantly, was this a warning to me, or some other behaviour. I had never seen this before.
I sat down and watched from 20 yards away. It flew to another bush and did the same, then came back.. Suddenly I heard another Shrike call from about 100 yards away, - was it courting behaviour?
The Shrikes then both flew to the same bush about 30 yards away. They dropped down onto the ground in the bush.
I walked closer, and watched, I could see them chasing each other at the bottom of the bush, like rodents, running through gaps in the thorns.
They dropped to the ground again and started chasing each other.
This was fascinating,
Eventually both birds dropped out of sight in the bush again and I believe they mated, although I didn't see it happen.
They then repeated the behaviour again. I heard another Shrike behind, but that one stayed out of sight.
I spent a good 90 minutes observing the behaviour of these stunning birds - my favourite of all species.