The long-staying Great Grey Shrike at Lytham Moss was my target for today as I'd missed it previously on my way back from seeing the Shore Lark at Rossall Point. I saw the bird as soon as I got to the traffic lights on the main road and so I was fumbling with excitement as I parked up and grabbed my camera. This is one of the first shots I got:
I'm quite pleased with this photo as it's pretty close and shows the eye and beak detail quite well, despite all the flipping branches in the way. But after about 30 seconds the bird flew off and unfortunately never came close again. Here's the only other I shot that's any good.
Although distant, this one shows the typical habitat it's been frequenting here. The Great Grey Shrike is actually our smallest bird of prey, although you would hardly think of it as a raptor. It eats insects and rodents and sometime even small birds such as Wrens.