Great Grey Shrike at last

Found a gorgeous Great Grey Shrike today. I have searched suitable habitat for the last two winters to no avail. It stood out like a white beacon against the dark browns of winter heather. Shrikes look so pristine, glowing white with crisp black and light grey markings. They can be very hard to find because they range widely in their winter territories, but hopefully this one is here to stay. It brought back memories of my first Great Grey Shrike, a sighting shared with my brother because we were kept off school with chicken pox! We were stunned at the time to see the shrike attack a large flock of Greenfinches on our lawn. It felt very cold on the moor today and the shrike literally warmed me up, you can completely forget the cold whilst sketching and watching a Great Grey.

Great Grey Shrike- watercolour in sketchbook

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