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The Brown Shrike

The Brown Shrike
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-12-08 15:05
Viewed: 2334
Points: 44
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In my place, surrounded by padi field are a few irrigation canal, that is grown by bushes and small trees on its both banks. Here, there are a few local birds that like to perch and sing. Normally it is an early ocassion of 7.00 -10.00am would be seen with a few birds.
Brown shrike is quite common but it fly too fast before you can approach them. So I have to drive my small car and slowly go nnear them. sometimes it is just a gift of god that they sat still for a few shots.
Here is the best out of a few.
Honestly speaking, birds photography is a real tiring and demanding patience so much.
I have been quiet for a month or so due to busywork and also I wasnt well for about 3 weeks.
Real bad flu for the first time!
I dont know how long will I last shooting birds.
Thanks for reading and sharing.

The Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) is a bird in the shrike family that is found mainly in Asia. It is closely related to the Red-backed Shrike (L. collurio) and Isabelline Shrike (L. isabellinus). Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black "bandit-mask" through the eye. and is found mainly in open scrub habitats, where it perches on the tops of thorny bushes in search of prey. Several populations of this widespread species form distinctive subspecies which breed in temperate Asia and migrate to their winter quarters in tropical Asia. They are sometimes found as vagrants in Europe and North America.
This shrike is mainly brown on the upper parts and the tail is rounded. The black mask can be paler in winter and has a white brow over it. The underside is creamy with rufous flanks and belly. The wings are brown and lack any white "mirror" patches. Females have fine scalloping on the underside and the mask is dark brown and not as well marked as in the male. Subspecies lucionensis has a grey crown shading into the brown upperparts and the rump appears more rufous than the rest of the upperback.[2] The tail is more brownish and not as reddish as in the Red-backed Shrike.[3] Younger birds of lucionensis have brown crown and lacks the grey on the head. Supspecies superciliosus has a broad white supercilium and richer reddish crown. The tail is redder and tipped in white.[4]
A number of confusing forms are known from central Asia where the populations of cristatus, isabellinus and collurio overlap. The taxonomy has been in a state of flux and some forms such as phoenicuroides formerly considered as subspecies of L. cristatus have been moved to the species L. isabellinus

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Hello Foozi
Beautiful photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

hello dear friend Foozi!
glad to see those spectacular images from you again. This little fellow has been captured in a perfect pose from you. Love the powerful natural colors here and the brilliant balance between shadows and highlights.Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Foozi, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighting BG, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful capture of the Brown Shrike, good sharpness and splendid contrast of natural colours, a very nice composition with a classic pose of this beautiful species
Best regards

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
A very nice captured of this lovely bird, excellent composition, great highlighted eye and good details sharpness,
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-09 2:42]

Hello Foozi,
splendid capture of this bird with fine detail and great POV; beautiful light, composition and colours; perfect contrast with a dark background. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-09 6:31]

Hello Foozi,
Shrikes are very rare in the area where I live. Beautiful photo of this juvenile. Attractive pose in good sharpness and natural colours. Excellent composition and contrasting background.

What a sweet capture with great detail found even in the cobweb! Well done

Hi Foozi,
Beautiful image, fine texture and colors, well captured. tfs.

Hello Foozi
You managed an excellent shot here. Very good background with nice colours, good light and detail. Nice pose.
regards yiannis

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

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-09 12:08]

Hello Foozi.
Nice pose from this cute bird. Nice light and sharp details. Stands out nicely against the OOF BG. Nice work.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-09 13:14]

Hi Foozi,very original pose and great capture,i like the contrast of the bird whit the dark background,impressive sharpness and natural colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-12-09 13:20]

É uma grandiosa imagem muito bem trabalhada com detalhes ótimo, qualidade e nitidez perfeita, meus parabéns. Por essa bela imagem.

Hello Foozi,
You are entertaining us with some excellent bird photographs and this one also is very beautiful. Great sharpness and overall quality enhancing the wonderful colours. Well done once again.

Bonjour Foozi,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une bonne composition.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

beautiful scene and composition with very nice photo performance!
regards Foozi

Hi Foozi,

The branch and the leaves are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Brown Shrike. The afternoon light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Foozi

WOW ! excellent close-up shot of the Brown Shrike,
with very fine POV and framing, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2011-12-19 1:34]

Askm !

You patience well paid off to have this migrant in your D90

Salam Foozi.
The presentation here is truly artistic with the head turn to the young shoot. Fine sharp details and well crafted image for TN.
Thanks and kind regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-23 5:26]

Hello Foozi,
Sorry to be so late..I missed some of your latest shots. Love this one for its pleasant composition and natural presentation. Your patience has been rewarded! I also hope that you recovered from your flu!
Best regards

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