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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-23
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-14 21:33
Viewed: 2807
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The male is unmistakably colourful with a red back, mostly black tail, blue-grey rump and head and a characteristic black highwayman's mask. Females and juveniles are duller brown but still have the heavy beak and a suggestion of a mask. Most importantly, they have prominently scaly underparts.

Breeds on heaths and commons with thorn bushes and gorse.

Shrikes sometimes impale their prey on the thorns of a particular bush, thus keeping a 'larder' for food they've already caught.

Migrates to tropical Africa from August to September.

Miss_Piggy, siggi, Dis. Ac., loot, hansh, cloud, SelenE, Alex99, goatman04, nglen, Argus, nasokoun, soccer has marked this note useful
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Hallo Marius
Charming bird this is indeed. Very elegant bird, with an arrangement of soft colours in the plumage. You captured it in a great pose showing clear detail of some of its lovely features, especially the sharp edged beak and the black stroke through the eye. I like the branches full of fine leaves on which the bird is resting on as well as it being a part of the backdrop. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Marius, lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful soft colors, beautiful blurry NG, finer details and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
another splendid picture of a male Red backed, superb sharpness and lighting, fantastic natural colours, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-14 23:28]

Hello Marius
Wonderful shot. Lovely depth of colour. Crisp, clear and sharp. Good light, POV and composition. Well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-15 1:14]

Hi Marius

Mmmmm, too cute for words this lovely little Red-backed Shrike.
You've really captured a great shot.
The catchlight in the eye, the superb OOF and evenly coloured BG,
the exceptional sharp details, the wonderful natural colours, and the
excellent composition all makes for a visual striking image.

Although for you part I'm not happy to see it, but I'm glad to notice that
I am not the only one who struggles with unwanted grasses or twigs (chuckle).

Well done and TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-15 1:25]

Hello Marius,
Very good composition, perfect sharpness, very beautiful colours and smooth BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-15 1:35]

Hello Marius.

Very weel taken shot of this bird.
I like the sharpness and the POV you choose very much.
Sharpness is very good against an nice quiet blurred background.

Gr. Hans

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-15 2:07]

Hello Marius,
Beautiful photo of this Red-backed Shrike. Great sharpness and details and very beautiful natural colours. A pity of the grasses in the FG. Excellent POV, composition and OOF BG.

Hello Markus,

an suburp picture from this rare bird in the netherlands.
Goop composition and bg.
Fine natural colours.


bonjour marius
le sujet est un peu trop centré a mon avis mais la netteté est parfaite et fait oublier ce petit details

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-11-15 3:56]

Hi Marius,
Clarity, light, focus, sharpness, catchlight in the eye and color tones look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-15 4:19]

Hi Marius.
First-class of the charming bird. Pose of the bird and its details, twigs with small fine leaves and absolutely smooth BG create an amazing composition. Bravo. Well done.

Hello Marius,

A great capture of this beautiful Red-backed Shrike with lovely coloration, sharpness & details. Very nice pose, POV & BG.
Well taken & TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-15 8:42]

Hi Marius. A first class close up of this RED BACKED SHRIKE . Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail.I like the natural colours against the plain BG.
Well taken TFS.

Have a good week ahead.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-15 9:25]

Hello Marius,
A very fine portrait of a male Lanius collurio taken from an excellent POV in superb lighting with fine sharpness and colours. The composition on the top of a Hawthorn bush against a neutral Bg is excellent.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Marius
splendid photo, very well balanced, light composition colours and details all on top!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-09 10:27]


A well composed and sharp pic! I like the DOF, POV, OOF BG, clarity, lighting and coice of subject.
I have seen these in Africa before and not been able to get a pic as good as this!

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