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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon 70/200 f2.8 VR + TCII 1.7x AF-s, (digital)
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-10 3:33
Viewed: 4444
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(eurocephalus anguitimens)

This 2 guys where playing with an old bone in front of my tend in the camp of Halali (Etosha National Park).
This a specie of SHRIKE.
More info about shrikes in general, sourced from Wikipedia:

A shrike is a passerine bird of the family Laniidae which is known for its habit of catching insects, small birds or mammals and impaling their bodies on thorns. This helps them to tear the flesh into smaller, more conveniently-sized fragments, and serves as a "larder" so that the shrike can return to the uneaten portions at a later time.

A typical shrike's beak is hooked, like a bird of prey, reflecting its predatory nature.

Most shrike species occur in Eurasia and Africa, but two breed in North America. There are no members of this family in South America or Australia.

Some shrikes are also known as "butcher birds" because of their habit of keeping corpses. Australasian butcherbirds are not shrikes, although they occupy a similar ecological niche.

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Hi Andrea,
Nice bird shot.Exellent compo.TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-10-10 6:13]

Hi Andrea,
Magnifique image dans les tons "couleur sable".
Grande harmonie aussi dans l'expression de ces oiseaux. J'aime beaucoup cette image sereine.

Hi Andrea,
Those little guys are real beauties :) I like this composition and details. I also appreciated your notes about them; they are quite specials birds like mini-raptors, lol... Thanks MF,

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-10-10 9:18]

Hello Andréa
splendide capture, beaux détails, belle composition


Hi Andrea.

I really didn't know if there was a bird called white crowned shrike on earth until now.This is today's surprise for me. Thanks for posting this photo. They look so cute.

Well Done & TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-10 14:22]

Hi Andrea,
Nice study in browns and greys and unusual to see a pair of shrikes on the ground! I like the comp. and its symmetry.
TFS, regards, Ivan

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-10-10 17:16]
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Hello Andrea, this is an interesting shot. I like the two together, it's great that one has his head in the light. The conditions didn't look ideal, I'm impresed you got that close with a 200 mm lens! Well done.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-11 1:02]

This photo looks like Black-White :)
Very cute models. TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-11 8:43]

Hi Andrea
Nice shot of this two birds. Good sharpnes, light, details and POV.
Well done Andrea


Hello Andrea,
Well done mf. I like the near B&W effect I see. Great detail and interaction captured :)

Ciao Andrea,
tu ricevi sempre moltissimi voti su TN.
Sei molto bravo,oltre che per le foto fatte bene,anche perchč torni dall'Africa con foto di specie poco note.
Insomma non ci sono solo elefanti e leoni nel tuo portfolio.
molto bravo

m i..inchino alla bravura

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-29 6:08]

Cześć. Piękne nastrojowe zdjęcie, świetny kadr. Bardzo dobrze zrobione.

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