A Pair of Shrikes on Calamansi Tree

They were on top of a calamansi tree (with fruits for size reference), right beside the 9th green on my home course. I noticed them as I was lining up my putt.

I’m not an expert, but my guess is that they’re long-tailed shrikes (Lanius schach), with various subspecies distributed across Asia, or mountain shrikes (Lanius validirostris), which are endemic to the Philippines.

This pair wasn’t shy, but I wouldn’t call them friendly either.

Shrikes are known to be brutal predators, even attacking and impaling larger prey.

They were not physically violent with me, but made some mocking noises after watching me miss my putt.

Nice to make your acquaintance, shrikes!


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