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Grey Shrike-thrush

Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 43293)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Thu 29th Oct, 2020 and uploaded on Thu 5th Nov, 2020 .
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ID43293
CommentI heard and then saw, for the first time, a Grey Shrike-Thrush at Royal Park Wetlands about a month ago. Its beautiful pure ringing call, pee-pee-pee-who-ee, caught my attention then, and now I heard it call again, reaching me from across the waters. I walked around to see if I could find it. I did, but then it moved further on, and I followed, and it moved further on still, and finally landed on this branch, where it resumed its virtuoso performance, resounding throughout the whole wetlands. I am recalling that one of the pieces of advice to novice birdwatchers is to use your ears first, and then follow your ears, which is exactly what I did, with some success in photographing this beautiful virtuoso, caught mid-voice. Its black beak and white eye ring indicates it is a male. I have not seen a female nearby, so perhaps he is just a single male singing his heart out in the hope of attracting and winning a partner. Maybe I am just indulging in romantic anthropomorphism but there must be some reason for a Shrike-Thrush’s astonishing ability to project its call so far.
EquipmentNikon Z7 with Nikon 300mm PF f/4 telephoto
ISO 800
1/1250th f5.6
LocationRoyal Park Wetlands, Parkville, Victoria
Keywordsmale, adult
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