Northern shrike

I took this picture of a Shrike through the screen door. The effect of taking it thru the screen makes it  look like a painting.

About the bird: The shrike is a bird of prey. It is about the size of a robin. It catches mice, small birds, etc. When they catch their prey they in-pale it on a thorn, or on the barb of barb wire.  Pretty gruesome but fascinating. I watched as it hovered like a humming bird while it looked for prey.

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About Thewelder

After serving 4 years in the Marine Corp from 1963-67 when I got home I started an apprenticeship with the plumbers union, Part of my training was learning the basics of welding. I immediately took to it and have been doing it ever since.I have welded around the country in a lot of the nuclear, and major power plants. I always thought of using my welding skills and applying them to creating art. I love working with the different steels and manipulating them with welding or forging. I am retired now from power plants but still love what I do, forming metal, all my birds and fish are started with a solid block of steel and then ground down to shape. They take a lot of time so in-between all that grinding I try to have fun with some lawn art and furniture. I now live in Northwest Montana, How can you not do art surrounded by all this beauty and inspiration.

2 thoughts on “Northern shrike

  1. This photo is awesome! I’ve been perusing your blog and checking out all the photos. You are so very talented, wow. I love the birds most I think. Your welding class is going to be amazing! Those lucky students.

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