More fun from our visit to Merritt Island NWR and the Black Point Wildlife Drive on December 10th. There were lots of kingfishers, yes, and lots of other birds to see, too, like this one.
It had rained a bit in the early morning, but it wasn’t much more than a drizzle and it didn’t last very long. So we were puzzled when we came across this very wet Loggerhead Shrike close to the Wild Birds trail.
It was completely soaked across the lower body and tail, and I wondered if it fell into water while pursuing prey.
It perched in the open and shook itself a few times, but we didn’t see it preen at all. After a while it started to vocalize.
It didn’t mind our slow approach or observation, so I happily fired off a bunch of photos while wondering what exactly happened to this wet little predatory songbird.