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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 1:26
Viewed: 5024
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 150
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This photo was taken at Riva(Coast of Black Sea in Istanbul)from car window.He is a male Red-backed Shrike.
Thanks for looking!

Red-backed Shrike
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Red-backed Shrike
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Genus: Lanius
Species: L. collurio
Binomial name
Lanius collurio
Linnaeus, 1758

The Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) is a carnivorous passerine bird and member of the shrike family Laniidae.
This bird breeds in most of Europe and western Asia and winters in tropical Africa. Its range is contracting, and it is now probably extinct in Great Britain as a breeding bird, although it is frequent on migration. It is named as a protected bird in Britain under a Biodiversity Action Plan; its decline is due to overuse of pesticides and scrub clearance due to human overpopulation. It breeds in open cultivated country with hawthorn and dog rose.
This 16-18 cm (approx. 6.3-7.1 inches) long migratory bird 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.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Focal Length: 700mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot metering
1/1000 sec - F/5.6
Lens:Canon 500mm f4
Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance:Auto

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Hello Omer
Yes I agree, this little bird is so handsome and dainty and almost shy looking. I just love the black streak running through the eye. It makes it look nearly mischievous. The feathers on its chest look very fluffy and one would just want to touch or stroke it gently. A real cutie.
Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

Netlik mükemmel , örümcek ağları bile görülüyor , eline sağlık Ömer , paylaşımına teşekkürler .

Good point of view ! Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-11 5:17]

Hi Omer,very very nice portrait,the colors and the details are at the top,i like a lot the dark background in perfect contrast whit the light of bird,thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Merhaba Omer,
un'altra meravigliosa immagine che si aggiunge alla tua straordinaria galleria, stupenda composizione con la bellissima posa di questa averla dai magnifici colori, catturata con eccellenti dettagli su un ottimo OOF BG.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-11 6:31]

Hello Omer,
Shrikes are such lovely birds and you've caught this one very nicely in good light and against a fine plain background. Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Very well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-11 6:32]

hi Omer,
beautiful bird in very good composition, good colors and details. just bit more brightness to make this better. tfs.

Hello Omer,
Lovely shot with very nice colours and composition. The dark green background is very good to create a 3D effect. Best regards,

indeed handsome, greetings Ori

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-11 8:26]

Hi Omer.
Amazing technically and beautiful by subject picture. I like very simple and so charming scene, outstanding reproduction of all features of the cute bird and thin twig. BG is superb as main subject. Bravo. First-class work. My best regards.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-11 9:10]

Merhaba Omer Bey,
Pek guzel duruyor. Poz, fon, kompozisyon ve cekim aciniz cok guzel. Tebrikler

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-11 9:18]

Merhaba Ömer bey nefis bir poz olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

Merhaba Ömer bey,
Zor ışık şartlarında mükemmel bir foto olmuş..
Emeğinize sağlık..

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-11 10:14]

Hello Omer,

I like very much this photo ofthe bird. You have focused so well on the bird and in the same time you have chsen a very good DOF. Therefore the bird is shown in great sharpness. Plumage pattern and colors can be very well observed. You have also chosen a very good composition with the bird on the diagonaly placed perch.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-11 10:23]

Merhaba Ömer,
Şimdiye dek kızılsırtlılar arasında gördüğüm en şık fotograf diyebilirim. İdeal bir kuş karesi için ne aranıyorsa bu karede fazlasıyla var. Herşey çoık güzel. Eline sağlık.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-11 11:02]

Hello Omer,
Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards Siggi

az daha mesaj yazacaktım, Ömer bey nerde kaldınız diye. az önce bir kaç yerde mesajlarınızı okuyunca baktım bir yeni güzel göndermişsiniz. ışığın harika kullanımı ve nefis fonu dışında; göz teması, netlik, açı ve kompozisyon da harika. renkler deseniz yine nefis. elinize sağlık Ömer bey, sağlıcakla kalın, iyi akşamlar.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-11 12:31]

Hello Omer,
This is great quality. The contrasting colours against the splendid BG are amazing. Nothing to critize, just fantastic!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-11 14:01]

Hi Omer,

This Shrike is absolutely stunning! He looks so natural and stands out so well from the dark background. The face, wings, and plummage are all beautiful. Marvelous colors and fine details - perfect background - superb composition.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-11 15:26]

Hello Omer
What a sweet looking little bird - so fluffy and sharp too.
Excellent capture of him on the twig of the tree.
The colours and details stand out so well
Very impressive

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-11 22:34]

Hi Omer

Lovely pose and detail set against a BG which is just right. Great work.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-12 1:45]

Hello Omer, great bird and great shot! Very sharp, well composed and beautiful, thanks!


Yet another distinguished creation through your lens, Omer.
The beautiful bird just stands out against that soothing green BG.
What immaculate details and pleasant colours!
Thanks for sharing this stunningly beautiful image.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-12 2:55]

Nefis bir çekim olmuş Ömer bey,her bakımdan harika.

Merhaba Omer, great capture of lovely bird with perfect focus and beautiful blurry BG, good colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-12 6:53]

merhaba ömer bey
iyi çekmişsiniz bu yakışıklı örümcekkuşunu
poz, bakış açısı, geri plan, ışık, renkler ve netlik başarılı olmuş
elinize sağlık

Selam Ömer bey, harika birçekim olmuş. elinize sağlık.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-12 10:24]

Hi Omer,

Indeed a handsome fellow,well composed against the oof green BG,tfs


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-12 11:22]

Hi Omer
Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Omer,

good close uo from this beautiful little bird.
Nice pov and good egally bg.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-12 19:27]

A very handsome bird indeed, Omer.
I love those colors.
What a perfect pose and composition.
Excellent focus and light.
TFS. : )

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-11-13 2:04]

Hi Omer,

Brilliant capture. Excellent details, very good exposure and the bird is well positioned within the frame. Love the bokeh too, very well done and TFS.


Merhaba Ömer Bey,çok net ve tertemiz bir kare.Artalan harika,duruşu ve bakış boşluğu ile nefis olmuş,ellerinize sağlık :)

Mario from Canada.

Hello Omer,

Great picture.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Lighting and definition are fantastic.

Hi Omer
A beautifully detailed capture of this tiny Shrike. Awesome DOF. Colours are soft yet vivid. I like how you even managed to capture the spider web on the branch. Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-13 22:24]

Hi Omer,
Wonderful shot of this cute little Red-backed Shrike. Very neat and sharp image with fine colours and deatails on its plumage. The darkish BG helps in highlighting the subject. Great light handling and a fine pose captured. Very nice composition too.

Hello Omer,

Excellent composition and great POV for this nice Red-backed Shrike with a wonderful darkish bg enhancing so well the bird. I like very much the eye contact too. Excellent exposition also. The only thing maybe is that I would have removed the web strings under the branch.

Excellent job and TFS!


Dear Omer,
I do agree with you that it is a handsome fellow. Excellent sharpness, plumage details, colors & POV.

a fine one here OMER,
good capture, fine composition, very good dof, a very nice photojob, have a nice weekend.
regard jaap

What a cute creature! This image is perfect! Composition, details, exposure, POV, DOF and colors are wonderful! The spider web adds an interesting element! Nothing to add but congratulations!

Hi Omer,
A nice capture of this beautiful Red-backed Shrike. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Merhaba Omer,
wow - I've never seen this bird - and it's beautiful! You captured it with excellent sharpness, very well done, thanks.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Merhaba Omer,
A nice pic with soft light, looks nice. Good details, close up and sharpness. Well done!

Hi dear omer ,
So nice shot with excellent details.
Nice sharpness and Bg is great too.

Kind regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-17 2:45]

hello Omer,
Very cute bird, this Red-backed Shrake! Very pleasant decentred composition, fine sharpness and subtle colors of the plumage...all this out of the car! May be it's the best way not to be noticed.
have a nice week

selam ömer bey, sağlık problemi nedeniyle 1 hafta tn den uzak kaldım. bu nefis çekiminize de ancak yazabilme şansım oldu. kusuruma bakmayın.teşekkürler paylaşım için.


Cute, so perfect! I feel like he is sitting here with me. impales his food on thorns for storage, wow! Looks so sweet!

Hi, Omer.
Very lovely composition on branch. Excellent colors and sharpness. Nice clean bg.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-18 10:39]

Bonjour Omer, this is a beautiful picture of the Shrike. We have a similar species called the pie grièche and it is an endangered species. It is beautifully captured, even though the light is dim, you managed very well this picture, we see many details in the plumage and the colours are superb. Thank you!


Very nice Omer,
The low-key exposure works very well here, the colors are most natural looking.
EXCELLENT POV, comp, detail/DOF, and the BG has served you nicely :)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-18 22:54]

Selam Ömer Bey, müthiş bir kare. Gerek kuştaki detaylar gerekse zemin harika. Elinize sağlık.

Selamlar Ömer Bey muhteşem bir saha derinliği, renkler ve detyalar. Zemin harika. Elinize sağlık.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-11-20 14:49]

Hi Omer,
Superb photo with nice natural colours. Beautiful details and BG.

TFS, Roger

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-22 11:33]

Hello Omer , Great captures of this beauty bird , compositie colours details and bg very good , good job ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-22 13:19]

Merhaba Omer,
Yes, the male Red-backed Shrike is a very handsome bird and you have made an excellent portrait of him taken from a great POV with just the right sharpness combine with some softness in exactly the best places. The composition and lighting add to make this atop class picture.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Omer,
Excellent capture of Red-backed Shrike with great pose and composition, sharp details, nice colours and BG.

Merhaba Omer,
I loved the darker bg that makes this cute little bird really outstanding in it's sharpness, good colour and details
well done

Gercektan yakisikli bir kus. Renkleri, detaylar, BG ve tatli durusu ile birinci sinif kalitede bir foto. Elinize saglik Omer bey.

Hello Omer,
Very handsome bird, fantastic sharpness, clarity and depth of field, beautiful colors and light, superb details and lovely oof background.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-06 16:44]

Salam omer,
such an excellent shot of the bird. nice pose and very sharp and clear. Excellent blurred background and impressive composition.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-11 19:09]

Hello Omer,
This is an absolutely stunning image, just incredible.

And hello again!
And again interesting capture. I like clarity in this photo and natural colours. Sharpness and DOF are 1st class, it is a great pleasure to watch this image :)
Greetings from Poland!

Impresionante, además con una luz ténue muy atractiva.
Ya te lo han dicho casi todo jeje.

Abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Here we go again, Omer...:-)
Nicely done!
Good focus, exposure as the the highlights provide their details,
the smaller black area is also well done.
Good work again...

hello Omer

excellent shot of the Red-backed Shrike, with very fine POV and framing,
i love that you keept a good space in front of the bird,
beautiful luminosity on it with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-30 9:14]

Helo Omer,
I have to say you capture this Red Back Shrike,
perfectelly well,
wonderful colour and details
Happy New Year
All the Best

hello Omer
Fantastic shot of this very beautiful bird sitting on a branch,
sharpness, colors and pose are excellent as well as the green blurred blackground TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-01 5:26]

It's allways a pleasure to enter your gallery and see so extraordinary and beautiful pictures.
Great job, Omer!
May you have a nice day.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-01 13:11]

Hello Omer !
This Shrike is really a wonderful bird, I like this black line on his eyes. You capture him in a proud pose, with fine details and nice natural colors. The wonderful blurred BG makes the bird stand out very nicely, and I also like the composition, and the tiny spiderweg hanging from the branch. Very well done !

Salam Omer.

He is such a handsome guy isn't he? You have exposed the details so well with the sharpness that is flawless. The twig and the web strand can be seen in such details. Excellent work as always and best regards.

Gerçekten çok yakışıklı. İnanılmaz güzel bir kuş. Ama bir o kadar da ürkek ve hızlı. Hemen kaçıveriyor. Çekmek neredeyse olanaksız. Çok iyi yakalamışsınız. Nefis. Tebrikler, sevgiler.

hi Omer
very good glance, exquisite photo,
you know that I worship your photos,

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-05-07 16:46]

Remarkably beautiful. Gary

Göz teması harika bir hava katmış, zaten enfes olan kareniz tarifi imkansız bir hal almış.
Ellerinize sağlık...

Merhaba Ömer bey,
I don't know if it counts for You, but I'm the one who gives the 150th points to this superb pic. :) Even through car window, this is an excellently composed shot, very sharp, plenty of details on the bird and wonderfully blurred background. Maybe a bit more contrast should have been added, but a perfect image this way, too. Big congratulations, MF, and of course tfs.
Friendly regards from Hungary, László

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