Saturday, 5 November 2011

An Eastern Gem

At last I was in the right place at the right time and I could drive down to Porth Clais on the edge of St.Davids to catch up with gem of a bird. 

Isabelline Shrike

We could not believe how easy it was to find the bird just a few yards up the hill by the car park performing well in a hedge topped with ivy.  The nectar in the ivy flowers was attracting lots of flies and wasps and this in turn was providing food for a superb Isabelline Shrike.  It was possible to watch it down to a few feet and get lots of decent photographs.

Isabelline Shrike with a wasp

Although I have seen this species a lot abroad this was the first time I have seen one in the UK.

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

A great day except for Norwich getting beaten at Aston Villa.

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