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Great grey shrike

Great grey shrike
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Copyright: mikael pettersen (Tamrock) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 337 W: 0 N: 290] (1928)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, Harry Eggens favorite bird shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-13 3:46
Viewed: 9803
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hi all naturelovers!
two weeks in fuerteventura and
500 pics i have lot to do:)
a very nice island
this shrike has a lizardtail
to eat this day

info about this beauty here:
great grey shrike

marhowie, Alex99, maurydv, Amadeo, ellis49, Proframe, Juyona, rcrick, marcin, Luis52, SelenE, Adanac, anel, meyerd, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-13 4:05]

Bonjour Mikael,

Félicitations tout est parfaits. Bravo pour la composition et la qualité d'image.


Hi Mikael,
Beautiful shot. Very nice capture. Great composition and details.

Trés belle image, belle composition..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-13 4:20]

Hej Micke,
So you've had a nice break away - very wise and I bet you've got lots of nice shots to show us. This is certainly a great start!! Lovely view of this beautiful Shrike with the long tail in its beak. I like its pose and the smooth background makes it really stand out. Brilliant shot!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-04-13 4:31]

Hi Mikael,

Great capture. Everything in this capture is outstanding.
It comes close to perfection.


Hello Mikael,
Outstanding image. What a fantastic moment and you captured it very well. Perfect.
Looking forward...

nice capture, TFS Ori

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-13 5:04]

Hi Mikael,
What a moment you have captured! A tail is more than nothing! A perfect pose, pov, dof, great details and perfect composition.
TFS, José M.

Hi Mikael,
Amazing photo. Technically perfect picture. Excellent composition and interesting motive. Super background. Very well done. TFS. stev

Tjena Micke,
här också;-) du har redan fått beröm för den här bilden ;-)
Welcome home to the winter, my friend.
A beautiful picture wiht great details an lovely colour.
Well exposed and great DOF, the bird standout well from th BG.
Great work.

Hi Mikael,
This is an excellent action shot. This little one seems so contented with this meal! Details, exposure, composition and beautiful lightning are outstanding! Thanks,

Hi Mikael
Wonderful shot and composition
Lovely natural soft color tones
Superb detail. tfs jon

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-13 6:52]

Hi Mikael,

Superb shot of the Grey Shrike,
Nicely composed shot with a good level POV and a fabulous pose with the bird and its lunch.
Nice sharp details
Lovely colours and light too.


Wow Mikael, this is great!
Technically right on the money..
And what a nice catch with the bloodied end of the lizards tail seen so well.
A great pleasure to view :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-13 7:29]

Hej Micke!
Jaså du har varit på Fuerteventura!
This is an excellent capture of the endemic Canary Southern Great Grey Shrike with a captured lizard tail.
Technically fantastic and a great POV and pose. Into my favorites!
An extraordinary capture and thanks for sharing it!

Ser fram emot dine bilder, främst på Kragtrapp och den endemiska buskskvättan!

På lördag ska vi till Mallorca men det blir en vecka bara så 500 bilder blir det inget snack om!

Hi Mikael,

Very good shot of shrike with good pose, composition and sharp details.



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-13 8:24]

Hi Mikael.
Once more outstanding by subject and quality shot. I am impressed with all components of true photo art. Terrific image of the bird with food in the beak. Wonderful dry twig and of course, superb smooth colourful BG. Shot is composed by the best way too. My congratulations and TFS. Brilliant job.

Spettacolare cattura, eccellenti POF e DOF, bellissima composizione con una splendida luminositā, straordinari dettagli e meravigliosi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hola Mikael, excelente momento, con buena composiciķn, nitida y con buena luz. Un saludo

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-13 12:04]

That is a great POV of the shrike...
and of the cut-off lizard tail. Ugh!
Excellent details... Love the colors in the BG.
Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures from Fuerteventura.
TFS. : )

Hello Mikael,

I can imagine it will be a lot of work to sort out all these 500 shots you've made at Fuerteventura.
If all images are as great as the one you are showing us here, you must have had the time of your life and a superb completion on your already fantastic portfolio.
Perfect composition, DOF, sharpness and exposure.
Great details and very beautiful contrast.
Wonderful pose of the bird and soft color tones in the BG.
Excellent work. A real joy to look at. TFS!!!

Warm regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-13 12:52]

Hello Mikael,
When all your 500 shots have this quality.....
Everything in this photo is excellent: bird, tail, branch and BG. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-13 12:59]

Hola Mikael,
interesting capture, with beautiful lighting, and bg, sensational frame...
I want to visit Fuerteventura,:)) greetings friend.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-04-13 15:25]

Hello Mikael,
Very interesting shot!
It looks like the lizard has excaped:-))
Perfect sharpness!
Very well composed!
Great job!

Hi Mikael,

Awesome picture mate, excellent detail in the plumage, wonderful colours, well framed and composed, excellent separation form the OOF background, just stunning work.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-13 19:57]

Hi Mikael,
Wonderful shot of this Shrike with a mouthful. Pity about that owner of the tail. Immaculate sharpness and colours on its plumage and I like the way it lokks at you over the shoulder. Excellent DOF isolates it from the BG and a well chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-14 12:02]

What a stunning shot, Mikael!!!!
Hopefully the lizard's escape mechanism worked! :-)
Incredible sight of this Shrike and a lizard's tail... I bet there are very few photos like this and even less that are as technically superb!
Very good lighting and excellent exposure.
Superb DOF and a perfectly blurred BG.
Brilliant composition.
Stunning work!
Straight into my favourites :-D


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-04-14 14:20]

Hello Mikael,
Outstanding image. Great composition and details
TFS and warm regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-15 8:40]

Hola Mikael.
Fina foto de este "Verdugo" Alta calidad de foto, hermoso detalle de la cola de algun pequeņo reptil en su pico. Muy bello fondo y la pose tambien.
Saludos Mikael.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-15 12:55]

Hi Mikael,
It's a great catch for both of you. Pose you captured is very nice,so are the details, composition, light, POV, focus and sharpness.TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-15 22:50]

Hello Mikael,
This is one of the best Shrike images I have seen Mikeal. Splendidly sharp and colorful image, simply perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-17 4:37]

Hello Mikael,
Again a perfect picture; composition, subject, background, everything so pleasant. Amazing to see a bird holding a lizardtail in its beak.
Thanks and best regards

Hi Mikael,
Beautiful shot. Very nice capture. Great composition and details.

Hi Mikael,
I just my praise here, no need to explain you why it is such a success.
My best regards

Great shot of this Shrike Mikael. Great lighting and focus. We have a slightly smaller Northern Shrike where I am in Ontario, Canada. He looks very similar. I'm surprised he'd eat a lizard tail. Maybe it's a love gift for it's mate. The DOF works well here and you managed to get a catch-eye look from him. Just a great shot! TFS Trevor


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