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Long Tailed Shrike

Long Tailed Shrike
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Copyright: Anil Nediyara (anilnediyara) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 10 N: 180] (780)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D3, AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 22:37
Viewed: 4858
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you Argus for correcting the ID, it is Long Tailed Shrike not Bay Backed shrike.
First of all let me wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. This is my first post for the New Yearshot and it is from Nov 2008 Munnar visit. This bird was sitting on a small dry twig that was swaying too much in the wind, you can see the feathers ruffled by the gust. I had to resort to higher shutter speed to get sharper image. They behave exactly how the experts describe, waiting on thorny/dry shrubs, swoops down to catch preys etc. For a photographer the most difficult and frustrating is the back eye patch that hides the eye, you must be lucky to get enough light on the eyes. Hope you will like this bird.

The Long Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) of dry thorn-scrub country on the Indian subcontinent. It, like almost all the species in the genus, has a black mask (ear-coverts, lores & often forecrown) and is crisply patterned in gray, black and white. The young of many species, though, are barred with brown and much less conspicuous. They are all sit-and-wait predators, swooping down from elevated perches to grab prey on the ground.

Warm regards

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hello anil,
fine capture of the Bay-Backed Shrike, i feel that being a birder is quite difficult and you manage with great shots, the dof is precise and the oof bg looks great, fine management of exposure , well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-13 22:55]

Hi Anil,
Excellent capture, beautiful light and great portrait of this shrike. I can understand the difficulty in capturing these active bird and you got the eye part perfectly which is bit of like to the image. Very pleasant colors in the background and of the bird too. Good new year beginning. Wish to see more lovely images. tfs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-14 3:55]

Hi Anil
Nice capture. Well done.
Razvan Zinica

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-14 7:00]
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Hello Anil,
Both technically and esthetically this is an excellent capture of a Shrike. The compositionis also perfect on the narrow torny twig against a superb OOF natural green BG.
When I saw this it looked familiar as I have seen this species in Goa, which I took to be the Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) because it has a grey back. As the Bay-backed has a brown back I wonder if you have the right ID here?
Thanks for sharing this wonderful image.
Best wishes to you and to Smitha,

Hi Anil,
Excellent capture of this L.T. Shrike.
A picture plenty of nice light, fine details on the bird's plumage and a blurred background that pop up the best of the subject.
I like also the framing and composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Anil,

You have captured this lovely bird and composed it well, the background is just what you wanted.Well done.TFS.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-16 9:17]


I am stunned. We have tried our best to get closer to the Shrikes with not much of success. This is excellent, with such a lovely perch and a contrasting fresh background.

- Murali

Superb capture of this Shrike I have seen for the first time, Anil.
Great POV, focus, colours and details on the subject.
The thin twig the bird is perched on adds to the beauty of this composition.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Anil,
Good portrait. When I see a shrike I always look at their bill first and afterwards what they do with their prey. Looks dainty but is in fact quite brutal. Figured out I'm quite the opposite;-)
Nicely done. I never photographed a shrike let alone this specie.
Greetings and TFS

Hi Anil,

This is so nice to watch, and not to forget the many words sketched here by our freinds..
I love this..

shoot :)


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