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Lanius nubicus

Lanius nubicus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-29 6:39
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lanius nubicus Lichtenstein 1823
Masked Shrike,

Lanius nubicus is a medium-sized passerine bird of the family Laniidae. It is the smallest shrike at 17-18cm in length.
It breeds in southeastern Europe and the eastern end of the Mediterranean, with a separate population in western Iran. It is a common species in northeastern Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Syria. It is migratory, wintering in northeast Africa.
Masked Shrike eats large insects, small birds, small mammals and lizards.
In Cyprus it is a widespread migrant breeder. It is found mainly in the uplands but not uncommon locally at lower levels, favoring agricultural areas, maquis and forests.
In the photo a male Lanius nubicus at Akrotiri coast during the spring migration of 2009.
Regards Christodoulos

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Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic capture with outstanding clarity, sharpness and focus.
Splendid composition. Very nice POV and background.

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely with splendid colors, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-29 7:23]

Hello Christodoulos,
The best photo of a Masked Shrike I've seen so far. Excellent in all aspects. Very nice eye-contact. Good quality!

Hello Christodoulos,

Fantastic shot
AMAZING sharp details
Perferct Pose, POV, colors and BG

TFS Thijs

hello Chrito
again a BEAUTY with great details super sharpness and beautiful colours
great pose with very good BG
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-29 7:49]

Hi Christodoulos.
Once more great bird picture from you. I am impressed with precise exposure and reproduction of all colour tones, feathers and other features of a beautiful species. Sharpness of the image is exceptional too. Bravo and kind regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-29 8:22]

Hello Christodoulos,
A have digiscoped this species in Lesvos but have not achieved such a fine shot. This is close to perfect in all respects and for this reason I take this as a favourite.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hallo Christodoulos,
what a fantastic capture of the Masked Shrike, i like very much the birds of Lanius genus, this one is very beautiful taken with outstanding sharpness and splendid colours, very pleasing composition with a lovely classic pose of this bird
Best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-29 10:26]

Hello Christodoulos
Superb capture and composition with a rare specie in my country
Thanks for sharing

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-29 10:30]

Giasou Christodoulos,
On thin tree branch, Masked Shrike!
Very beautiful photo in excellent sharpness an perfect details.
Happy New year 2011!

Hallo Christodoulos
A superb capture, it looks so graceful. Crystal clear, great colours and a great point of view. A top class photograph. The Masked Shrike is a beautiful bird and you have captured it perfectly, showing all its beauty to the best. Thanks for sharing. I wish you and your family a prosperous 2011. Best regards.

Geia sou Christodoule,
An exceptionally beautiful shot with wonderful colours and excellent sharpness!
Best wishes, Pambos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-29 11:52]

Beautiful specie and beautiful composition too,whit the usual top quality of sharpness,colors and light balance,very well done! I wish you all the best for the new year and thanks for share,Luciano

Excellent detail and lighting, perfect pose. regards Yiannis

Hello Christodoulos,
Top quality shot of this beautiful Masked Shrike with very sharp details. The bird is in a lovely posture captured from wonderful POV with delightful composition. Well done!

Hi Christodoulos

Super sharpness,details and composition.....thank for sharing...


Yasu Christodoulos
another great bird capture againts blue sky and with great sharp focus. nicely composed and presented. efharisto, kalinichta

Hello Christodoulos!
Amazing bird. Interesting photographer's note. Good scene and scenery.
Fine cut. Fine contrast and sharpness. Nice lightness and colours.
Well done!

Hi Christodoulos,

Very good capture of this beautiful shrike. The picture is pretty sharp with beautiful contrasting colours.

Thank you for sharing.


Hi Christodoulos,
I think it's true that You are one of the best photographers on TN. Thanks for next amazing photo with perfect composition, sharpness, colours etc.
Thanks for sharing

another perfect portrait, TFS and greetings fro the new year, Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-30 5:13]

Beautiful bird with wonderful colors and shape, well captured. tfs.

υπέροχος, όπως και η φωτογράφησή του, Καλή Πρωτοχρονιά φίλε!

Hello Christodoulus.
This is such an excellent capture of a bird. The exposure and details are first class. Happy New Year to you and your love ones and may 2011 brings you good health, prosperity and many great photos. Kind regards - Jusni

This is fantastic!!!! Its like a postcard!!! Congradulations Christodoulos!!!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-01 17:43]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a gorgeous little bird you have posted, it's markings and colors are awesome. Love the exceptional detail and wonderful exposure you were able to capture. Great work!!

Ciao Christodoulos. Magnifciente colours and stunning details against the soft BG. Great compo.


hello Christodoulos

this is a very beautiful close-up photo
of the Masked Shrike with fine POV,
superbly focused great sharpness details,
the catch-light of the eye render the photo
always more beautiful, beautiful light, TFS


Perfectly captured. Excellent point of view. regards

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