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Masked shrike

Masked shrike
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-29 1:37
Viewed: 2887
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Masked Shrike, Lanius nubicus, is a member of the shrike family Laniidae. 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 Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Syria. It is migratory, wintering in northeast Africa.

Since this is a short-range migrant, a bird in Scotland in October 2004 was a remarkable example of vagrancy, though a second British record occurred on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly in November 2006.

Masked Shrike breeds in open woodland and cultivated country. The nest is built in a tree and 4-7 eggs are laid.

The male Masked Shrike is a striking bird, with black and white plumage and orange flanks. This medium-sized passerine is the smallest shrike at 17-18cm in length. Its upperparts, crown, long tail and wings are mainly black; there are large white patches on the wings which are conspicuous in flight. The face is white except for a broad black line running back from the eye. The rest of the underparts are white with orange flanks.

In the female and young birds the upperparts are dark grey rather than black, and the orange flanks are less bright and reduced in extent. The juvenile has heavily vermiculated grey upperparts, and white underparts which are also vermiculated.

Masked Shrike eats large insects, small birds, voles and lizards which it impales on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder". It sometimes hunts from prominent perches, like other shrikes, but as often from semi-cover.

The song is a somewhat jagged warble.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Laniidae

Genus: Lanius

Species: L. nubicus

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-29 1:38]

Hi Durzan,a perfect portrait and a beautifull composition behind the trees too as your style,perfect light balance,sharpness and colors!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-29 1:44]

Hi Durzan,
Excellent photo of this Lanius nubicus, TFS! I never see this species, it is very rare by us.

Hello Durza,
perfect capture of this bird. Details and light very good. Regards, Paolo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-29 3:39]

Hello Durzan,
Fine sharp and well composed capture of a Masked Shrike, with good pose. The exposure is just right to show the colours well.
Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-29 4:35]

Hello Durzan,
An interesting bird-species again, a species I never have seen until now. I like your horizontal framing including the surrounding vegetation. May be a little noise which you could easily remove with some PPwork.
Thanks a lot.
Have a nice afternoon.

Ciao Durzan, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Durzan. Interesting contrast for this bird against the warm BG. Good details and DOF.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-29 7:19]

Merhaba Durzan Bey,
Maskeliyi çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz,ben henüz rastlayamadım.Eğer gözüm beni yanıltmıyorsa kuyruk çok uzun ve enteresan.Işık,netlik ve kompozisyon da 474 lük olmuş.Ellerinize sağlık.
Bi slaven germ..

Slav Durzan,
Very impressive bird, very well taken, in a natural pose and nice colours. A great and uncommon shot. Cheers,

hello Durzan
super good picture with great details good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Selam dostum, olaylı ve yorgun bir günden sonra TN'e girmek beni rahatlattı. Nefis çekmişsin dostum. Ellerine sağlık.
İyi geceler.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-29 22:31]

Slav Dürzan,
A fine capture of a juvenile Masked Shrike. The composition, sharpness and natural colours are superb with enough blurred BG among the branches to allow the bird to stand out.
This is a species that I would love to photograph well, like this!
Thanks and kind regards,

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