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Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dainty birds 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-13 5:24
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Points: 20
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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. 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, frogs, rodents 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.
English common names for the red-backed shrike include 'Wariangle' and 'worrier'.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-13 5:44]

O splendoare sa privesti aceasta fotografie, culori vii, detalii clare si atragatoare, felicitari!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-13 6:15]

Very cute shrike, good composition and colors. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-13 6:27]

Hello Razvan,
Beautiful photo in great sharpness and details. Very nice natural colours. Good POV and composition.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-13 8:08]

Hi Razvan,

Nice pose of this female shrike. Colors and sharpness are great! TFS.


Hallo Razvan
The Red-backed Shrike is a lovely little bird that reminds me of a soldier standing guard. I fancy its upright position in which you have captured it. The colours in the overall image are really beautiful and compliment each other well. I like the way the leaves create a natural frame around the bird. The detail on the plumage on the chest and stomach is pretty to look at and the eye that looks like it drops down at the bottom part is fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hello Razvan
this one is very good the details of the bird and nice pose in to the leaves
beatiful colours and great sharpness
greeting lou

Buna Razvan,
Foarte frumos acest exemplar, cu detalii bune, culori placute si claritate excelenta. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Buna Razvan,
In sfarsit ajung si eu pe acasa si ma bucur sa revad imaginile prezentate de voi.
Reusita aceasta fotografie avand culori naturale bine redate si o pozitie buna a pasarii. Eu nu am prea reusit sa surprind sfranciocul rosiatic si prigoria anul acesta.
Le gaseam in zona raului Timis cca. 14km de Timisoara , dar anul acesta au fost foarte rare. Poate din cauza unor lucrari de indiguiri care au fost realizate in zona.......
Numai bine!

Todo una delicia Razvan. Capturado además en una pose excelente. Naturalidad en el color y habilidad en la captura.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-16 13:03]

Hi Razvan
Nice capture , good pov and lovely pose from the bird,specie I had never seen before.The image is sharp and detail are good.Also your text is very instructive,
TFS Michel

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