Day four. I feel I've lost my mojo; however, I shall continue on! Weather was perfect, lots of birds, so no excuses. I have photographed the bird below many times with better results, but today is the day I must submit something. On a good note, the crisp, clear air sans humidity was really refreshing.
This is the Loggerhead Shrike from the songbird family. Its nickname is "butcher bird" because it kills using its hooked bill, and often stores uneaten prey by impaling it on thorns or barbed wire, returning to eat it later. Meals consist of insects, rodents, and small birds. This guy (or gal) is a longtime resident of this particular trail.
400mm | f/8.0 | ISO 400 | 1/640 sec