A first-winter Red-backed Shrike was found at Wanstead Flats on Tuesday and was still showing well today, so I headed down for an hour after work to see if it'd play ball. I found the bird near enough instantly, although it proved quite restless and mobile.
While not the wariest shrike I've seen in my life, it was fair to say that it wasn't the most confiding, either. Nonetheless, with a bit of patience (and luck!), it was possible to creep up on the bird and get within range for some half-decent record shots. It was also nice to watch it catching and dismembering several wasps. Shrikes are always enjoyable and this bird was no exception. Another great bird for Wanstead.
The musings of a wildlife enthusiast, usually armed with his camera.