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Red-backed shrike is less than annual in Øygarden. There have been a number of interesting records of this species including late autumn record of a bird with a very red tail and another bird that apparently attempted to spend the winter at Herdlevær. The majority of records come from Herdlevær and Hernar. Red-backed Shrike have also bred in the Tjeldstø / Sture area.

The following images are of a first year bird at Årnestangen, near Oslo in the east of Norway where this species is decidely more regular than back home in Øygarden.

Red-backed Shrike
Årnestangem, near Oslo, August 2014
First year bird

Picture taken with a DSLR and a fixed 400mm lens.



Red-backed Shrike
First year Red-backed Shrike, Årnestangen, near Oslo, August 2014
Picture taken with a DSLR and a fixed 400mm lens (hand held)

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike, 
near Samsun, Turkey, May 2012

Red-backed Shrike, Herdlevær
First year bird at Herdlevær, July 2006 (digiscoped with a Swarovski telescope and a Nikon Coolpix)








Breeding Red-backed Shrike, Oppland, Norway, July 2017
Female Red-backed Shrike, Oppland, Norway, July 2017

First year Red-backed Shrike, Hamar, Norway, August 2017
First year Red-backed Shrike, Hamar, Norway, August 2017




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