Friday, 2 January 2009

Special birds: Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator is a striking little shrike that has declined badly in some areas of Europe. The edge of its range has shifted southwards in recent decades. In Eastern Europe it is very much a bird of the Balkans found in dry open country with scatteed bushes in Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, etc. A migrant, most arrive in April and leave in August. This photo by Maciej Szymanski was taken in Serbia in summer 2008.

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