“Sharing with you photos taken at the Chinese Garden [in 2010] and some facts on the Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus), a bird in the shrike family that is found mainly in China, Japan and Korea and migrates to India and SE Asia during winter. It has a distinctive black ‘bandit-mask’ through the eye.
“We can expect to see this bird this month when migratory birds start to arrive in Singapore. A classic behaviour that is typical of this bird is captured here. It would usually perch on a thorny tree, in this case the pomegranate (Punica granatum), and fly down to the ground to catch its prey. It would then impale its prey on the thorn of the tree, wait for the prey to stop moving (above left) before attempting to retrieve (above right) and swallow it (left). So much easier and smarter compared to the kingfisher which will spend a lot more effort to whack the hell out of its prey before swallowing it. Well, that’s life for the birds.”
3rd September 2011