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Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds from the Middle East and Europe, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-10 10:58
Viewed: 4806
Favorites: 3 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lanius senator (Woodchat Shrike) [in Turk. Kızılbaşlı Örümcek Kuşu]

Through the years I have enjoyed watching this attractive and very shy bird, I found opportunity to capture it during my intensive trips in last months to Yamanlar Mts (Izmir).

TFL and Have a nice WE!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.

The Woodchat Shrike 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 and frogs. 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.

Geographical variation partly clinal, amount of white at tail base increasing from W to E. Validity of race rutilans has been questioned; possibly better merged with nominate. Proposed race hensii (from Sicily) synonymized with nominate. Four subspecies generally recognized.

• senator - breeds patchily from N Spain and C & S France (mainly Languedoc-Roussillon and Côte d’Azur) E to Sicily and Greece (including Corfu, Crete and most bigger islands in Aegean Sea), coastal Balkans E to S Bulgaria and W Turkey, and also locally and irregularly in Switzerland, SW Germany (upper Rhine Valley, foothills of Swabian Mts, Saarland), SE Poland and SW Slovakia; non-breeding W & C Africa.
• rutilans - breeds Iberian Peninsula (except N Spain) and NW Africa, from Moroccan Atlantic coast E to NW & NE Libya, S to S slopes of Anti-Atlas and Middle and High Atlas; non-breeding W Africa.
• badius - breeds islands in W Mediterranean (Balearics, Capraia, Corsica, Sardinia); non-breeding W Africa.
• niloticus - breeds Cyprus, S & E Turkey, Levant and N Iraq, E to Iran (Zagros Mts; possibly also SE to Baluchistan and in Elburz Mts); non-breeding E Africa and SW Arabia.

1. Perrins, C. & Attenborough, D. (1987). Collins New Generation Guide to the BIRDS of Britain and Europe. William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, 320 pp.
2. Wikipedia.

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Hi Bayram
What a lovely little bird! Perfect details and colors! Congratulation!

Bravo Bayram
Il est splendide... les détails sont une grande réussite
Merci, amicalement

Dayi cok guzel bir gus:) Renkleri cok guzel. ben il kez goruyorum. Emegine saglik.

Hello Bayram,
Very nice capture with brilliant colours and sharpness.
Exceptional capture. Superb composition and background.

Merhaba sevgili arkadaşım,
Çok güzel. Great colours, sharpness, composition. A great shot MF. Elinize sağlık! İyi akşamlar,

Ciao Bayram, splendid woodchat against a beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-10 11:16]

Merhaba Bayram dostum,
Yes I can image you have grown up with the sight of the Woodchat Shrike. We photographed it when we were in Cyprus.
This is an excellent close capture, the POV and pose ideal to show its features that you took with fine sharpness and colours and set in a pleasing composition.
Well done MF and TFS,
Enjoy a nice evening,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-10 11:21]

Hello Bayram
Thanks fro sharing this wonderful specie I never seen .
Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-10 11:25]

Hello Bayram,
What a fantastic photo of this Woodchat Shrike. Excellent sharpness, details, pose, composition and natural colours. Never seen this beauty in the wild.

hello Bayram

beautiful photo of the Woodchat Shrike, shot with very
fine POV and framing, superbly focused with great sharpness
and details of the foreground, TFS


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-10 11:48]

Hi Bayram
Perfect again!!!
I am in love whit your captures!
Congratulation! No words to say!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-10 12:00]

Hi Baratom Bayram,

Splendid photo of this very rare Bird by us, it is a very good photo with great colors and very fine sharp details, TFS!

Bayram hocam. Bu ne kadar güzel bir örümcek kuşu. Pamucakta gördüğümüzden farklı bir tür. Rengagernk. Çekim her zmanki gibi alfa kalite. Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla hocam.

hello bayram
super sharpness and good composition with beautyful colours
great details of this super bird
greeting lou
i go 4 weeks to Greece to make a lot of picture,s
greeting lou

Bayram bu kusu kibristan hatirliyorum.. cekme firsati bulduguna sevindim.. harika guzellikte cekmissin yine..
Ellerine saglik.. hepimizden selamlar.

Hello Bayram,
Great image taken with excellent colors, fine details, beautiful BG, good POV and composition. Well done!

Hello MF,

it seems we both posted the shirke today, only different species. Yours has more sun!!! I wonder if mine will get the same color if the sun shines more in sweden ;). Great shot great animal


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-10 12:55]

Hello MF Bayram,
Beautiful picture of Woodchat Shrike.Very good details and the background really adds to the beauty of the picture.
Best regards Siggi

Merhabalar hocam,
Tür mükemmel bakış açısı ve duruşuda çok şirin ben birkez daha söylüyorum bence harika bir kare :))),
Elinize sağlık sayın hocam,
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-06-10 13:34]


Oldukça başarılı ve güzel bir çalışma hocam.. Tebrik ediyorum!

Bonsoir mon ami Bayram,

Sublime présentation avec un cadrage parfait.
Ravissantes couleurs des plumes.
Finesse des détails, j'aime ce beau Z'oiseau!
Mes compliments pour cette capture qui vous enchante
et nous aussi par la même occasion à la lecture de la note et la vision de ceçi.
Merci , belle nuit à vous. Amitiés.

Fantastic pose of the bird, Prof Bayram.
This is the kind of image that one sees in illustrated glossies on bird species by eminent ornithologists.
Well done and thanks for sharing this image.

so lovely bird, nice colors, beauitful shot

Hallo MF Bayram,
a fantastic capture of the Woodchat Shrike taken in a lovely pose against a splendid BG, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-11 1:10]

Kadraj yerleşimi de,netlik ve renkler de harika.Altındaki yeşil dal harika bir estetik tat katmış fotoğrafa...Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-06-11 1:15]

Hello Bayram,
Perfectly done photo, excellent pose, beautiful plumage and very very good composition on green twig.
Regards, Pawel

Hellow Bayram,
Nicely composed with good exposure showing this little shrike in a rather relaxed mood.Main subject is well focused against a soft lit BG.The sharp focus on the subject set against the smooth BG has made the shrike the first point of attention and then one looks into or at the BG.Well done and TFS.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-11 2:51]
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Nefis tür nefis çekim, bu zor tür için detaylı ve çok şık ellerine emeğine sağlık dostum.
Sevgiler selamlar...

Nefis türü nefis kompozisyonla birleştirmişsiniz Bayram hocam, elinize sağlık, selamlar

Hallo Bayram
You really are a genius with a camera. This posting proofs once again that you are indeed a very talented photographer. What a striking bird with a wonderful assortment of colours in its plumage. Only one word can describe the detail captured here and that is breathtaking. Sharpness, composition and point of view are just a view of the many favourable features I want to point out. Everything is just perfect. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-11 4:04]

Hello Bayram,
A very colorful and well composed bird-picture. This shrike seems to have quite character! Excellent sharpness and an oll-over successful shot.
Thanks and kind regards

Ciao MF BBB! Superb capture with brigh olours and stunnig details. Perfect DOF for this cute coloured friend.


Merhaba Bayram,
Thank you for expert presentation of this beautiful bird! Obviously, I am not the only one who likes this image - judging by the 30 members who wrote comments to your work.

I am very pleased to be able to read your excellent notes about this shrike, which does not appear in Southern Africa. We have 5 types of Bush Shrikes, as well as the Fiscal-, Lesser Grey-, Longtailed-, Red backed-, Souza's-, White crowned- and white-tailed Shrikes.

The distinctive "Red Riding hood" cap is enchanting. The sharp focus offers so many details e.g.the forktailed feathers in the tail.

It is truly a pleasure to view this image.
Have a nice evening,
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-11 7:32]

Hello Bayram,
I remember this bird very well from Paphos! It's a beauty and I wish I'd got a great capture like this!
A great composition showing the bird sharply in focus with sharp details and lovely natural colours.
Very well done!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Bayram hocam muhteşem bir kuş ve muhteşem bir kare.
Emeklerinize sağlık hocam. Aydın'dan selamlar.

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2010-06-11 18:07]

Wonderful shot, nice colors.

Türün çok şık fotoğrafı olmuş, hocam.
Elinize sağlık.
Sevgi ve selamlar.

Merhaba Bayram
what a wonderful bird ! superb plumage with excellent details, nice pose against a very beautiful BG, sharpness and composition are perfect too
Have a great WE, MF

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-06-12 20:49]

Hello Bayram,
Outstanding image of this gorgeous little bird. I love the contrasting colors and especially the reddish cap. Excellent detail and exposure. A pleasure to view!! Great notes.

İlk kez gördüğüm bir tür hocam. Nefis olmuş.
Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılar,

Muhteşem bir güzellik hocam. Harika çekmişsiniz yine.
Emeklerinize sağlık.

This is an excellent bird capture MF Bayram. Details and colors are fabulous and very nice perch on that leafy branch.
All the best in 2011 and looking forward to more great shots from you in the future.

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