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Southern Grey Shrike - Varsler - Lanius excubitor (koenigi)
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The pictures below depict the Canary Island Race of Great Grey Shrike. On Lanzarote it is very widespread and conspicuous - especially outside the tourist resorts. Some birds seem quite tame - like this individual in the car park behind the beach at Playa Mujera east of Playa Blanca.

The shrikes feed mostly on larger insects such as beetles and dragonflies. 

Southern Grey Shrike
Lanzarote, November 2007
A VERY photogenic species!

Southern Grey Shrike

Southern Grey Shrike, Lanzarote
Southern Grey Shrike, Lanzarote, March 2012

Playa mujera, Lanzarote
The scrub behind the shores is a good place to see this species

Pictures taken using a digital SLR camera with a 400mm telephoto lens (hand held)

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