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Yellow-billed Shrike

Yellow-billed Shrike
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-04-22 11:09
Viewed: 2292
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow-billed Shrike (Corvinella corvina) is a small passerine bird in the shrike family. It is sometimes known as the Long-tailed Shrike but this is to be discouraged since it invites confusion with the long-tailed shrike,Lanius schach, of tropical southern Asia.

The Yellow-billed Shrike is a common resident breeding bird in tropical Africa from Senegal east to Uganda and locally in westernmost Kenya. It frequents forest and other habitats with trees.
The nest is a cup structure in a bush or tree into which four or five eggs are laid. Only one female in a group breeds at a given time, with other members providing protection and food.

The Yellow-billed Shrike is 18 cm long with a long tail and short wings. The adult has mottled brown upperparts and streaked buff underparts. There is a brown eye mask and a rufous wing patch, and the bill is yellow. Sexes are similar, but immatures show buff fringes to the wing feathers.

This is a conspicuous and gregarious bird, always seen in groups, often lined up on telephone wires. It is noisy, with harsh swee-swee and dreee-too calls.

The Yellow-billed Shrike feeds on insects which it locates from prominent look-out perches in trees, wires or posts.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-22 13:06]

Hi Peter,very lucky with the light and with the pose too,the result is a very sharp capture despite the distance,useful post about this small and nice friend,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Weer een aparte vogel en met mooi licht er op
leuke tekening in de veren
bedankt weer gr lou

Hello Peter,
Beautiful composition and nice species. Well captured against blue sky. Good details and color.
Thanks and regards,
Have a nice WE,

Ciap Peter, lovely composition with cute bird, perfect focus, wwonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Not only a very clear picture of the shrike, but attractively framed by the branches and flowers!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-23 9:19]

Hi Peter,
Very nice capture close up of this bird.
Amazing colors and perfect sharpness. Nice the eye's contact.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-04-23 13:18]

Shalom Peter,

Beautiful subject, placed cleverly between those two red buds. Excellent capture, indeed!



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-24 18:42]

Hello Peter,
Your shrike appears to be deep in thought as it stares at the unopened bud. What an attractive vertical composition and the detail is excellent. Great eye contact with beautiful natural color tones. The exposure is perfect and you obtained plenty of DOF. Well done!!

nice capture. excellent sharpness.
natural light and shadow.

Hello Peter

Great shot, with fine POV obtaining the expressive eye-contact,
beautiful lateral light, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hello Peter,
an eye-catching portrait of the Yellow-billed Shrike in clear Details and pleasantly sunny colours. It is imbedded in an artistically refined composition of pleasantly different shapes and colours.
Thank you!
WIth best regards,

Hi Peter,

The branch is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing with precision the details of the Yellow-billed Shrike. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Peter,
Very well captured of this moment, great notes and thank you always for that, good colors, nice details.

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