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cuckoo shrike

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Created by decrepit 1 month ago, 21 Apr 2019
decrepit
WA, 9115 posts
21 Apr 2019 2:39PM
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We get visits from this bird from time to time, I've been trying to get a pic for ages, but today he/she posed for me.



Nothing exceptional, but just something I've been after for a while.

djt91184
QLD, 1211 posts
21 Apr 2019 4:41PM
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Black face

Buster fin
WA, 1880 posts
21 Apr 2019 3:05PM
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djt91184 said..
Black face


Ya carnt say that.

decrepit
WA, 9115 posts
21 Apr 2019 3:27PM
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I don't think the shrike will mind

lotofwind
NSW, 5040 posts
21 Apr 2019 5:44PM
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White breasted

decrepit
WA, 9115 posts
21 Apr 2019 4:12PM
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perhaps closer to grey

djt91184
QLD, 1211 posts
21 Apr 2019 7:22PM
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Buster fin said..

djt91184 said..
Black face



Ya carnt say that.


What

Tonz
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21 Apr 2019 5:31PM
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lotofwind said..
White breasted


cant say that either .. white fronted

Stuthepirate
SA, 3475 posts
21 Apr 2019 8:20PM
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I still remember seeing a Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike at school camp in Jarrahdale 30 years ago
Haven't seen one since. Nice.

shi thouse
WA, 764 posts
21 Apr 2019 6:55PM
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Also called a butcher bird.

decrepit
WA, 9115 posts
21 Apr 2019 7:08PM
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shi thouse said..
Also called a butcher bird.


Nup, nothing like what I think is a butcher bird, we get them as well.
Similar I guess, but definitely different.

AUS1111
WA, 3325 posts
21 Apr 2019 9:15PM
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Coincidentally, we had one fly into our window just this week (in Mt Lawley)! The kids picked it up and "cuddled it" for it a bit while it regained its composure, then it flew off back into the inner-suburban tree-scape.

My young bloke had to go off Googling to find out what it was.

evlPanda
NSW, 8691 posts
23 Apr 2019 9:18AM
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Am (very slowly/planning to) build a bird watching site/web app with my kids. There are many out there, but they don't cater to Australian birds very well, if at all, and they don't "gamify" the experience.

Good to see you have actually managed to photograph them well. Birds usually require a whopping big zoom lens.

theDoctor
NSW, 4738 posts
23 Apr 2019 12:44PM
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I think pornhub has beat you to it

decrepit
WA, 9115 posts
23 Apr 2019 11:35AM
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evlPanda said.. >>>Good to see you have actually managed to photograph them well. Birds usually require a whopping big zoom lens.


Thanks Panda. I guess I'm fortunate, our balcony is quite close to a few places birds perch, there power lines in this shot one of the favourites. There's a stretch of scrub opposite, and the power lines offer a good view of potential prey.
Here's the Shrike when it first landed on the wire.


Obviously something it had found over the road.

It's not a humongous lens, 55/300, but adequate if the subject isn't too far away.

Here's another one from the wire.


We couldn't figure out what these swallows were doing until I photographed them. then it was obvious.

AUS1111
WA, 3325 posts
23 Apr 2019 12:44PM
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Here is the window-crasher. It seems to have less black on its face and neck than Decrepit's version. Might be juvenile or the opposite sex?




rick deckard
WA, 19 posts
23 Apr 2019 1:35PM
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AUS1111 said..
Here is the window-crasher. It seems to have less black on its face and neck than Decrepit's version. Might be juvenile or the opposite sex?





very much a juvenile...downy feathers...the cuckoo shrike is also known as a "shuffle wing" because of the way they shuffle their wings while perched...

evlPanda
NSW, 8691 posts
23 Apr 2019 4:39PM
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decrepit said..

evlPanda said.. >>>Good to see you have actually managed to photograph them well. Birds usually require a whopping big zoom lens.



Thanks Panda. I guess I'm fortunate, our balcony is quite close to a few places birds perch, there power lines in this shot one of the favourites. There's a stretch of scrub opposite, and the power lines offer a good view of potential prey.
Here's the Shrike when it first landed on the wire.


Obviously something it had found over the road.

It's not a humongous lens, 55/300, but adequate if the subject isn't too far away.

Here's another one from the wire.


We couldn't figure out what these swallows were doing until I photographed them. then it was obvious.


Crop that last one a little, and submit it to Nat Geo.

We had a fruit bat fly into our house the other evening. A ****ing fruit bat. Very cute little face, but once it started moving a scratching around I became like a little girl, and couldn't pick it up. They are kinda freaky.

nebbian
WA, 6164 posts
23 Apr 2019 3:24PM
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rick deckard said..

the cuckoo shrike is also known as a "shuffle wing" because of the way they shuffle their wings while perched...


Yep I've seen them do this many times as a kid. Takes them ages to get themselves settled down after they stop flying.



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