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Great grey shrike in action

Great grey shrike in action
Photo Information
Copyright: mikael pettersen (Tamrock) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 337 W: 0 N: 290] (1928)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/6400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, Joe's Favourites 2, Alex99 favorite shots, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos, CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-21 12:13
Viewed: 5257
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello all naturelovers!
another shot from fuerteventura!

thank you all for the nice comments and words of my previous posts!

i wish you all a nice summer!

info about this beauty here:

Juyona, pekkavalo1, maurydv, CeltickRanger, marhowie, SelenE, uleko, vanderschelden, Alex99, MMM, meyerd, loot, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-21 12:22]

Hi Mikael. This is a fine inflight picture of the Shrike. You have captured fine detail and colours in the fetahers. a good POV/DOF. well done and good timing . TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-21 12:45]

Hej Micke!
Superb capture of the Southern Grey Shrike in flight (now a separate species from the great Grey Shrike). The lighting is perfect and the sharpness excellent. Great timing, panning technique and composition too.
TFS this beauty,

Hello Mikael,
What a lovely shot! The sharpness and the posture of the bird is really amazing. I like also the soft background and the little branchs. Very well done! TFS,

Hello Mikael
These inflight shots are so so hard but you have pulled this one off with class..Fantastic detail and great use of the 6400 shutter and f3.5 to achieve the speed..Just Fantastic!!
All the Best

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-21 12:59]

Hola Mikael,
excellent capture,
with perfect focus and beautiful bg…

great sharp pic, TFS Ori

Hi Mikael,
This is a wonderful action shot! The shutter speed you used is perfect to freeze the movement well and I’ amazed that you got such result @ ISO 400! You have a great lens; I wish I could have one with this aperture :)! Tones of colors and details are much agreeable. Well done!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-21 13:53]

hi mikael,
waoo superbe prise en plein vol, la netteté est subtilement maîtrisée. Superbe luminosité dans son oeil, la vivacité est bien retranscrite.


Hi Mikael,

Excellent capture of Great Grey Shrike in action. Great composition, POV, sharp details and good colours.



Spettacolare cattura in volo, eccellente POV, bellissima composizione con l'averla in una splendida virata e con una luce fantanstica, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

hello Mikael

what a wonderful in-flight shot you did of the Great grey shrike,
fine POV, DOF and specially the framing, i love the very good
space that you leaved in-front of the bird, very very beautiful
luminosity of the image with great sharpness and details
of the bird and his plumage on his flight pose, TFS alot


Hi Mikael,
Getting a small bird inflight is very hard, to say the least..
More difficult than the larger birds.
Excellent POV and inflight pose with the wings presenting diagonally.
Great detail, color, BG, comp, and a well managed exposure.


That is a superb in-flight shot. Lighting, detail, sharpness and composition are all top notch. Very nicely done. Off to my favorites :)

Best Regards,


Hi Mikael, a nice shot with good timing, good light source and most of all good exposure.
Best regards,

WOW! outstanding in flight shot, excellent sharpness and
depth of field, lovely background and good details,
beautiful natural colors, excellent catchlight and
great timing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-21 23:50]

Hi Mikael,
Very good in-flight capture of this cute little bird. I like the POV, pose you captured, catchlight in the eye, background, color tones and light a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-22 8:11]

Hej Micke,
Brilliant in-flight capture of this Shrike against a fine background. Great timing and sharp details. Very well composed too!
Här har vi sommarvärme - hoppas den kommer till er snart också!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-22 8:45]

Hello Mikael,
Very good and beautiful photo. Wow, shutterspeed 1/6400 and the result is here! Excellent sharpness, brilliant pose and a fantastic OOF BG and composition.

Wonderful in flight, Mikael.
...with a short focal length actually.
Excellent light and BG as well.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-22 13:58]

Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!

I am lost for words once again :-)



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-22 22:28]

Hi Mikael.
It is really outstanding picture of so impressive and fine scene. My congratulations and Bravo. These days there are many birds of the species in our places and I take many shots of them. However all of them are static. You managed to create an amazing in-flight picture of the beautiful bird. I like all components of the photo art. Pictured moment, timing are the best as well as the fine lighting, precise exposure and wonderful colour palette. Superb and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-22 23:38]

Hi Mikael,
Great composition, beautiful light and natural colours. Amazing sharpness all over the bird. Excellent again!
Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-23 0:33]

Hi Mikael,
Outstanding in-flight shot and you have freezed the action very skillfully. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and lighting. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-05-25 2:17]

Bonjour Mikael,

Superbe prise,bravo pour le focus,l'éclairage et les belles couleurs.
Merci pour le partage.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-27 9:32]

Hello Mickael
Nice inflight capture.Good POV and sharp iamge with excellent details.Beautifull OOF Bg and I also liek the catchlight in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hi Mikael, again,
another of your truly great Shrike observatons in the evening light. All perfect here, and so dynamic.
Best regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-18 1:27]
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Hi Mikael

Seems like Fuerteventura is a happy hunting ground for you. Coming back with such wonderful catches as this beauty, and a host of your other postings, guarantees that you will always return for some more and why not, it is all to our viewing pleasure.

It is difficult enough to photograph big flying birds so I still don't know how you manage to capture these small birds in such perfect images such as: "The nestbuilder, Great spotted woodpecker in action, Hard working!, Jiihaaa!, and Spectacled warbler". This one is no exception and you really nailed it – frozen in mid air and even with a pin-prick sized catch light in the eye. Incredible shutter speed (1/6400) at f/3.5 aperture obviously aided by the ISO400 setting (with not a speck of noise to be seen anywhere). Great stuff.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Mikael,

Perfect in-flight shot of this Shrike
Excellent POV, DOF, colors, light and catchlight
SUPERB sharp details

TFS Thijs

Magnifica fotografía.. Felicitaciones. Se vé que el objetivo de 200 funciona excepcionalmente bien. Excelente nitidez.

Hello Mikael
wonderful capture for Great Grey Shrike. great sharp focus with 200 mm and f/2.8 lens. POV/DOF, colors, eyes contact and composition great. Thanks for sharing.
I saw this species firstly two month ago, but mine shot is not good as much as yours, since mist and rainy weather. you are lucky.
best wishes

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