Shrikes are always visible and always also calling and yet they can be difficult to capture in the camera. I used to believe that they are extremely shy until i found some of them are comfortable with people even at close range. This Grey-backed Shrike is one of our target birds in Doi San Ju and we did not even expect it to show at the spot where we staked out the Great Tit and the Mrs. Humes Pheasants.
Found in Yunnan, Bhutan, China, Nepal and Uttarakhand, this shrike is always welcome in Thailand as it enjoys Doi San Ju habitat. This shrike breeds in summer from late May to early July and its nest is built in a bush with three to five eggs laid. The female incubates the eggs alone and the chicks hatch in fifteen to eighteen days. The chicks are taken cared of by both parents until they fledge about in about two weeks.
Doi San Ju, Chiang Mai, Thailand
February 13, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR