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Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-28 7:21
Viewed: 6735
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Woodchat Shrike
Binomial name:
Lanius senator
Linnaeus, 1758

Tr.Name: Kızılbaşlı örümcekkuşu

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Genus: Lanius
Species: L. Senator

The Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) is a member of the shrike family Laniidae.

The Woodchat breeds in southern Europe, the Middle East and northwest Africa, and winters in tropical Africa. It breeds in open cultivated country, preferably with orchard trees and some bare or sandy ground.

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 male is a striking bird with black and white plumage and a chestnut crown. The race L. s. badius of the western Mediterranean lacks the large white wing patches.

In the female and young birds the upperparts are brown and vermiculated. Underparts are buff and also vermiculated.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-28 7:27]

Hello Fikret,
Excellent photo of this Shrike. Colours and light are very beautiful. Great sharpness, POV, pose and a good composition. Fantastic OOF BG and DOF.
Kind regards,

This looks technically perfect to me. I love the isolation of the subject. Colors and sharpness and the glowing light look so natural. It's a beautiful simple composition.

Evelynn : )

hello fikret,
outstanding shot of the shrike, the details of the plumage are lovely, the colors are beautiful, the smooth oof bg looks great, very well composed shot,
excellent work,
tfs & regards

Hola Fikret, excelente composición, una toma con buena exposición, bien enfocada y con unos tonos de color muy bonitos.
El fondo limpio y bien desenfocado, el posadero es muy bonito le da valor a la fotografia. Un saludo

nefis, harika. elinize sağlık Fikret bey. değişmez kalitenizle çok beğendiğim bir kare. Denizlinin kuş fotoğrafındaki yeri benim için çok özel. çok güzel pozlar yakalamıştım orda. ah keşke biraz daha bol vaktim olsaydı.

Hi, Fikret,

simple yet very beautiful! very nice details and colours. tfs.

Man Yee

Excellent shot! The clarity, sharpness, dof, light, all make a grand picture.

Great expression on this bird! The colors are very nice -- I love the orange cap against the green background. Excellent sharpness on the main subject. You've composed this shot very well.


Nefis bir fotoğraf , tek sorun kuşun biraz fazla sağda kalması , tebrikler .

Hallo Fikret
What a delightful and colourful image of this Woodchat Shrike. This is a very handsome bird and you have captured it in a perfect close-up pose. The different coloured of layered plumage is vivid and very bright and the details of the beak are displayed well. I like the rusted brown patch within the head feathers. The framing and composition are done excellently. A pleasant image with great natural colours and light. I like the pose in which you have captured the bird from behind, displaying its back feathers in all its glory and splendour. Thank you very much for sharing. I enjoyed this one, as this is a lovely bird.
Kind regards

Hello Fikret,
Another beautiful shot with great light and amazing details. You gallery is really fantastic. I wish I could one day make such beautiful shots of birds. Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-28 14:05]

This is very good, Fikret!
Excellent detail in the feathers.
Nice vibrent colours too.
Brilliant composition.

Very well done,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-28 15:50]

Hi Fikret,

I'm not sure if I have seen this handsome bird before. You captured him in a wonderful pose showing off his nice profile, beautiful colors and finely detailed plummage. The face is excellent - I love that color combination. Superb background and composition.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-08-28 23:55]

Her yönüyle mükemmel bir kare olmuş Fikret bey..

podoba mi się to piękne zdjęcie, nie występującego w mojej części Europy, ptaka. Bardzo dobre BG, POV , barwy i ostrość.
TFS i pozdrawiam

Hello Fikret,
Excellent picture. Great sharpness. Good composition. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi Fikret,

Excellent shot
Perfect compo, POV, BG, light and colors
SUPERB sharpness showing beautifull details

TFS Thijs

Merhaba Fikret Bey,yemyeşil bir arka plan ve çok net,renkleri,kadraj ve kompozisyonu harika, tertemiz bir fotograf.Tebrikler,elinize sağlık,nefis :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-10 9:54]

Hi Fikret.
Brilliant in every aspect picture. Fantastic exposure, details and sharpness of the bird image, amazing lighting and vivid colours, great smooth BG. Bravo.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-09-27 2:46]

fantastic image. added to favorites.

Bu kadar güzelini ilk kez görüyorum. Burada hiç rastlamadım bu kuşa. Nefis bir fotoğraf. Yüreğinize, emeğinize, sabrınıza sağlık. Sevgiler...

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