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Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM, CF Extrime III 4 GB
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-10 6:25
Viewed: 4907
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Red-backed Shrike (male) captured few days ago in place called Sandemar in Sweden. I used 800mm, manual settings on camera ISO-250 F/6.3 1/500sec. mid day and 30C.

The Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) is a member of the shrike family Laniidae. This bird breeds in most of Europe and western Asia and winters in tropical Africa.

This migratory medium-sized passerine eats large insects, small birds, voles and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder". The general colour of the male’s upper parts is reddish. It has a grey head and a typical shrike black stripe through the eye. Underparts are tinged pink, and the tail has a black and white pattern similar to that of a wheatear. In the female and young birds the upperparts are brown and vermiculated. Underparts are buff and also vermiculated.

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a beauty Ralf,
very good pov, nice composition and fantastic details, contrast and dof, good photojob here, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-10 6:46]

Hej Ralf,
Perfect capture of a male Törnskata with fine lighting and BG and the pose and natural framing by the bare branches is great.
TFS /hälsningar,

Nu är det mycket blåsigt men inget regn....

Hello Ralf,
superb catch,nice lighting and BG,excellent composition and pov,
well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-10 7:24]

HI Ralf
Beautiful presentation.Great pov and very sharp image.I like your subject pose.OOF BG colors is superb.
TFS Michel

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-06-10 8:23]

Hello Ralf
Excellent shot!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-10 10:30]

Hi Ralf,

A beautiful bird and a beautiful picture - another species I have never seen. This is picture perfect with a wonderful pose and setting. Details are reazor sharp from beak to the tip of the tail wings. Beautiful natural colors and a lovely composition.


Hello Ralf,
Very good portrait of the Red-backed Shrike...
Beautiful natural light, good sharpness and well composed.
Very POV and DOF.

Hello Ralf,
Very nice capture, excellent composition and point
of view, superb sharpness and depth of field, lovely
soft green background, wonderful details in the plummage,
nice catchlight and great pose.

Hi Ralf,

Very good picture of Red-backed Shrike. Good pose, POV and composition, pin-sharp details and natural colours.



hello Ralf

excellent shot of the Red-backed Shrike, with very fine POV
and framing, beautiful luminosity of the image,
great sharpness and details and i love the bird's pose, TFS


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-06-10 21:46]

Hi Ralf
Crystal clear image with lovely color and wonderful detail
tfs jon

Charmant portrait de cet oiseau qui va bien dans son cadre naturel.
Bonne journée.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-11 1:48]

Hi Ralf,

A great capture of this shrike against a nice natural BG,I love thes birds,well done and tfs


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-11 4:03]

Hej Ralf,
This is one I'd really like to capture! We came very close to a male and female a couple of years ago but now I haven't had a good sight of one for ages! This is a superb capture in a very nice composition. Great sharpness and beautiful colours too and a fine green background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-11 17:56]

Beautiful, Ralf, aboslutely fantastic. The colours are superb, the light is great and the bird is so beautiful. Thanks for your skills and love of nature,


pts tomorrow

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-12 12:35]

Hi Ralf,
Outstanding shot of this cute Red-backed Shrike with very impressive sharpness, colours and details on its plumage. Fabulous pose captured here with great lighting and exposure levels. I like the natural setting and the precise DOF. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-30 23:29]

Hi Ralf,
Clarity, eye contact, pose you captured, light and details are very good. TFS

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