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Long-tailed Shrike

Long-tailed Shrike
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-24 5:54
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Long-tailed Shrike
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Long-tailed Shrike or the Rufous-backed Shrike (Lanius schach) is a member of the bird family Laniidae, the shrikes. The eastern or Himalayan race, L. s. tricolor, is sometimes called the Black-headed Shrike.
It is a common resident breeder throughout the Indomalayan ecozone from Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indian peninsula except eastern states to New Guinea, found on bushes in scrubby areas and cultivation. Winter visitor to southern areas such as southeast India and Sri Lanka.
It has some resemblances to the grey shrikes, such as the Southern Grey Shrike, Lanius meridionalis, sharing the pearl grey head and mantle and black mask extending from the forehead, through the eye, to the ear coverts. An eastern race found in Bhutan to Arunachal Pradesh, sometimes called the Himalayan L. s. tricolor, has a black head extending from the eye mask to the whole crown and nape[2].
It is small for a grey shrike, but has a very long tail with rufous edges. The underparts are white, but with rufous flanks. The bill and legs are nearly black.
This bird has a characteristic upright "shrike" attitude perched on a bush, from which it sallies after lizards, large insects, small birds and rodents.
Prey may be impaled upon a sharp point, such as a thorn. Thus secured they can be ripped with the strong hooked bill, but its feet are not suited for tearing.
Its flight is undulating, but its dash is straight and determined.
This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe on the strength of a single accepted British record on South Uist in November 2000. It has also occurred as a vagrant to Japan, Oman, Israel, Hungary and Turkey.

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Hello Tom,
This is gorgeous shot to perfection. The lighting from left helps the composition. Superb clarity right to the details of the plumage.
I like it a lot.


Hi Tom,
A beauty and sunny capture!
I like the close approach here to the bird, and the excellent details got on its plumage.
It's so artistic the effect got with the DOF and that amazing blurred background got.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Tom
Really nice shot
Fine sharpness and detail
Lovely natural color
Great catchlite
tfs jon

Excellent portrait! Outstanding light. A bit tight on top but nothing serious. The pose and detail on this bird are gorgeous.
Cheers, Klaus

hello Tom

superb composition with that great light coming on the subject,
excellent focus, excellent details of the bird's plumage,
lovely bakcground, i love the DOF on the image, excellent POV
and the way you framed the bird on the image, TFS


  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-24 8:08]

Hi Tom,

A well captured picture,he wanted to hide froom you,but you managed a nice colorfull shot anyway,very sharp and with nice light,tfs


Hi Tom
Beautiful natural situation. Great light, perfect sharpness, good compo and natural surrounding makes it look fantastic
Best wishes

wow!excellent focus!very well done!
beautiful colors and extremely sharp and nice details.
the pose and the BG are beautiful too!

Hello Tom,
Nice to see another great capture from India. You present this shrike great sharpness, details, POv and composition. splendid colors. TFS, well done

Hi Tom,
Very sharp capture of this beautiful bird. Good composition. Congratulations and TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-01-26 10:17]

Hi Tom,

This photo is beautiful. You did a clear shot of the bird with excelent light falling on the subject, good DOF and nice background,

Best regards,

Good work, Tom.
Beautiful Shrike image; well perched and good
point of view.
Well done

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