The Red-Backed Shrike (Afrikaans name Rooiruglaksman) is a handsome insect specialist, it usually sits on a perch and waits and then pounces on prey on the ground or even in flight.

We observed this female who had managed to catch a fine meal of a spider.

It is a common Paleartic migrant arriving in South Africa mid to late November and leaving again in April

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