A loggerhead shrike perches near the viewing platform at Llano Seco.

A loggerhead shrike perches near the viewing platform at Llano Seco.

I’ve seen very few loggerhead shrikes over the years. Those I have seen were too far away and too wary for me to come close enough for a photograph. While at Llano Seco a few months ago, I spotted this one perched on a tree branch, ten feet away. Known for impaling prey (usually grasshoppers or mice) on tree thorns and barbed-wire fences, this predator is one of nature’s most clever and fascinating songbirds. Photo by Steven T. Callan.

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