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Brown Shrike

Brown Shrike
Photo Information
Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 10:29
Viewed: 4643
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Brown Shrike, Lanius cristatus is a small passerine bird in the shrike family. It was formerly often considered conspecific with the closely-related Red-backed Shrike, L. collurio, and Isabelline Shrike, L. isabellinus.

This bird breeds across central and eastern Asia. It is migratory, wintering south to India, southeast Asia and Indonesia. A wide range of habitats is used for breeding, from taiga and deciduous forest to semi-desert. It builds its nest in a tree or bush, laying 2-6 eggs.

In winter, Brown Shrike is found in secondary forest, often close to human habitation. This species is a rare vagrant to Europe, and has been recorded in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The food is mainly insects and small birds and mammals, caught by a sally from a prominent perch. This is a typical shrike hunting technique.

Brown Shrike is a small shrike. Like its relatives, it is long-tailed, and perches quite upright. The adult male's upper parts and crown are darkish brown. The face is white with the typical shrike black "bandit-mask" through the eye. Underparts are yellowish buff, although the hues vary somewhat between the different races.

Females are less contrasted and have a greyer crown. Immature Brown Shrikes are scalloped on the underparts.

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hi tom,
Very nice capture, the bird looks very innocent and thoughtfull. Good sharpness and natural background.

Hi Tom

The picture is toppers!! I love the overall brown in the picture, the bird delicately perched on grass (oh so Kanha) and the pleasing soft focus. Superb shot!


Natural is just wonderful here, Tom.
Congratulations on this one.
So sharp through your 300!
Excellent tonal curve, colours,..
Great bokeh, POV, DOF,..

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-25 15:23]

Hello Tom
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.I like the pose of your subject and the nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Hi Tom,

Excellent shot
lovely compo with SUPERB sharpnes and fine details
Perfect POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-25 18:59]

Hi Tom,
Incredible image with tack sharp details and nice colors. The out of focus background isolates the subject superbly, great job Tom.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-01-25 20:29]

Hi Tom
Beautiful presentation
Lovely soft warm natural color
Fine sharpness and detail
Hope to see a lot more from India
tfs jon

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-26 2:37]

Hello Tom,
Great photo with a very sharp detailed focus. Beautiful natural colours and an excellent POV, DOF, BG and composition.


very beautiful!gorgeous sharpness.like the tone of colors very much!beautiful image in its all!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-02 10:14]

Hello Tom, that's a very good shot of this beautiful bird, the pose is very good, the sharpness is very crisp, the exposure is fine and the background is fantastic, well done, thanks !


Excellent job on this shrike Tom.
Perfect comp, color, light, POV, and sharp details..
Stands out well in the frame.

Hi Tom,
I'd like to thanks for this posting, because of this capture I able to identify this unknown bird.
Regarding the capture, it is outstanding,excellent sharp details and having natural colour. Nice POV and beautiful composition.
My regards,

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