Sunday, December 01, 2013

Northern Shrike Portraits

Early this morning, the Northern Shrike was perched in the shadow of the drumlin. I thought black and white would look better in this particular light. I probably could have simply desaturated color images in Photoshop. However, I feel that the effects of chromatic aberration present in backlit and high-contrast color images leaves artifacts to contend with even after desaturation. Actually, I think the shrike looks neat in black and white! Eventually, the shrike moved out to the open prairie where I switched back to color mode.

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Dec 1, 2013 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
36 species

Canada Goose 
Ring-necked Pheasant 
Cooper's Hawk 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Sandhill Crane 
Ring-billed Gull 
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove 
Barred Owl 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Northern Shrike 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper 
American Robin 
European Starling 
Lapland Longspur 
American Tree Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
White-crowned Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Northern Cardinal 
Red-winged Blackbird 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

All images © 2013 Mike McDowell


  1. Lovely photos! Your blog and photos provide great arm-chair enjoyment to me as a nature lover.

  2. Spectacular! I hope the shrikes continue to delight you throughout the winter!