Shrike Sneak-attack On A Red-tailed Hawk

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Believe it or not it was at that moment that a Loggerhead Shrike with a chip on its shoulder swooped in out of nowhere to harass the hawk. Because I was ready for it I was able to get two shots with both birds in the frame. In this first one I don’t believe the hawk yet knows the shrike is there. [...]

Birds Using Bison Hair As Nesting Material

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For millennia a variety of North American bird species used bison hair during nest construction but when the “buffalo” was brought to the brink of extinction by hunters in the late 1800′s that resource was essentially gone. Today there are relatively few places where bison hair is available to birds and Antelope Island is one of them. [...]