Just as I was passing a derelict farmhouse, I spotted a smallish bird in a tree and took a couple of photos between the branches. I couldn’t make out what it was at the time, but found out later that it was a bull-headed shrike (mozu). Birds in the shrike family are insect-eating, but they will also predate lizards and sometimes even small mammals. They are also known to impale their prey on thorns – to help them tear off bite-sized pieces and to act as a kind of foodstore.

Order: Passeriformes; Family: Laniidae
English: Bull-headed Shrike; Japanese: mozu
Scientific: Lanius bucephalus

Location: Near Fureainomori, Munakata (google map here)