Portrait of the uncommon Mountain Shrike
For over half a decade, I’ve been visiting the Cordillera mountains in Northern Luzon to get a close glimpse of this uncommon, now becoming rarer, endemic shrike. This species ranges at high elevation in Luzon, Mindoro and Mindanao islands.
I had several encounters prior to this capture, but none as close with good detail and pleasant background. I was walking on cloud nine for many days after this birding sortie.
Mountain Shrike (Lanius validirostris, a Philippine endemic)
Habitat – Uncommon in montane forest (clearings and edge) above 1000 m.