There are two interesting things about this Loggerhead Shrike that I thought were worth a closer look.
1/3200, f/7.1, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in
The first is obvious – a broken wing flight feather. I noticed this bird on two different mornings last week on Antelope Island. It’s one thing to completely lose a major feather (as in during the molt) but I imagine it’s quite another to have one broken and flopping around like this. It must be aggravating and cumbersome to the extreme during flight but this bird seems to be coping with its handicap just fine. I suspect that the feather will break off soon (if it hasn’t already) but these adults don’t begin molting until mid-summer so it’ll be without one of its fully functional flight feathers for a long time.
Another somewhat unusual feature of this image is the double catch-light. This happens fairly often with disturbed water (waves) in the foreground because of all the reflections it produces but in this case the only water was behind the bird so I don’t know the cause. The primary catch-light was from the early morning sun but the other may have been caused by almost anything, including a reflection off the bumper or windshield of my pickup.
Sometimes double catch-lights don’t bother me, particularly if they look natural but in this case (to my eye) it doesn’t and I also find it distracting so…
if I were ever to print the image (I likely won’t) I always have the option to remove it as I’ve done here.
Obviously this isn’t a great image but I thought it was interesting nonetheless.