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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-27 5:42
Viewed: 4359
Points: 87
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now a bit calmer subject from me.
Despite the fact that I spent almost whole summer in countryside, I managed to take very small number of bird pictures.

First of all I have only 70-200 lens with Kenko TC 1.4x. It is too short lens combination for wild bird shooting.

Second reason is timidity of birds, which live in our region. (I have noticed, in those countries in which the government treat badly the people and Nature many years and even decades, there wild animals avoid people. (It not the joke, is bitter tears.))

Nevertheless I did not miss any opportunity to photograph birds. Young birds appeared the most friendly. (They had not time to get acquainted with mentality of our people yet.)

This charming juvenile of Red-backed Shrike was sitting on a fence of my garden plot and I pictured it just from the porch of my house (subject distance – 7 m.)

I hope you will like it and I also hope that those times when birds and other animals will cease to be afraid of people in our country will come.

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Hallo Alexei
We have returned from a lovely holiday in the Kruger after 3 weeks and I missed out on such a lot of great images in this time. In the meantime our 1st grandchild has also been born and Trek Nature had to wait for both Loot and me to get over our excitement.

This is indeed a lovely image and straight away there were a few things in this image that stole my heart. Overall it is one beautiful image, especially the wonderful natural sunlight you captured so skilfully. Other to that I like the special pose with the bird’s head tilted slightly, the lovely patterns that are arranged so neatly on the bird’s body and so many more. I always enjoy your images as they are not uptight and without pretence and is always presented in such a casual manner but still have lots of style to it. Thanks for sharing this lovely image with a pleasing composition. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-27 5:51]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful photo of this juvenile Red-backed Shrike. Great natural colours and superb sharpness and details. Pleasing eye contact. Excellent DOF, OOF BG, POV and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-27 6:11]

Hi Ales,this young bird seems proud to take taken by your camera..ehhe...and what a beautiful portrait at the top of quality,i like a lot the nice composition and the perfct sharpness,focus and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Alexei. Stunning capture of this beautiful juve from dorsal pov. The head turn is amazing and love your lenswork. Very sharp focus against the buttery smooth bokeh. Thanks for sharing and I am happy to be back after being away far too long from TN. Best regards - Jusni

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  • achsan (26)
  • [2010-10-27 7:03]

Hello Alexei, Your photograph is beautiful but I like it in other way it seems to have a message ! this bird is a angel it’s top of the fence & call us to break the shackle & get free look its eye you also can read it, Thanks!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-27 7:12]

Hello Alex,
other than this fine, well detailed and photogemic posing by the bird, the fen
cing also gives a wonderful and artistic composition. I very much like the repeated pattern of the fence.
You have a good eye to composed, even the level of the fence is on a third.
the smoth background is indeed very captivating.
how well thought its is, to give a splendid capture.
well done.


hello alexei!
good one on this very fine bird!
well done!

Hi Alexei,
A lovely capture of this beautiful young Red-backed Shrike. Excellent sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-27 7:48]

Hello Alexei,
The pose, lighting and POV contribute to this fine sharp capture of the Red-backed Shrike that shows up so well against the clean green BG while it sits on the fence. The natural colours are just right and the catch-light in the eye adds to the appeal of this fine image.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Alexei
great composition with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Alexei,
Great capture with nice clarity, perfect details and superb natural colours.
It is a lovely composition.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-27 10:15]

Hello Alexei,

You've suitable for showing a wonderful bird.
What a sharpness and clarity.
Also the pose of the bird is very nice.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

what an very nice piture you showing us today.
Good of sharpness, pov, details with nice blurred bg.
Fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-27 12:06]

Hello Alexei.
This Red-backed Shrike is beautiful . Excellent colors and immaculate details of the face, plummage and wings.Every feather is in place and it is a beauty. Perfect background and composition.Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bird. I like the composition, light and good sharp details. Well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2010-10-27 14:00]

Bonne prise de vue sur cet oiseau et belle couleurs.


Bonjour Alexei,
Belle publication valorisant bien le sujet sous une bonne profondeur de champ et une belle lumière avec une bonne opposition sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-29 5:20]

Hello Alexei,
A really fine capture of the female Red Shrike in a lovely pose. Excellent focus and beautiful light and colours. I like the pastel green background very much and the composition is perfect.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alexei, Incredible capture of a real beauty MF! Shrikes are on of my favorite birds too. Excellent sharpness and DOF, the details in the plumage are nicely captured and the background is well-blurred.
TFS and have a nice night/weekend!


Hi Alexei,

Very nice and a kind of cute.
Rear view of a very nice-looking face was caught.
Sharpness, light, colors and details are mirrored so perfectly.
Thank you for sharing and promotion.
Best regards...Mehmet

Bonsoir Alexei

Fantastique éclairage et superbes couleurs. Bravo pour la pose de l'oiseau et la qualité d'image.

Merci pour l'envoie.

Hello Alexei
amazing sharp shot showing a lot of fine details on the bird but also on the fence, wonderful colors and light, the wings have nice color tones,
i love also the pose and the beautiful BG
Have a great WE

Everything is well here Alexei, and as it should be..
And I'm on the fence quite often myself ;)
I especially like the birds pose with head turn, revealing its true character/soul.
Very well done & enjoy your weekend friend.

Hi Alexei,
great shot beautiful focus and details with nice sharpness

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-10-31 0:54]

Hi Alexei,

I know exactly what you mean by birds avoiding people in some contries and of course it is not a joke, it is very sad however there is the "hierachy of needs" the stomach comes first!

As for the photo I have to say that even though I like the bird I love the fence, the symetry and the background are splendid and what makes it even more attractive is the litte shadow and perfect sharpness.



Ciao Alexei, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, fantastic detauils, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,
a fine picture of this Red-backed Shrike despite the colors are a bit pale on the plumage of this young male.
As usual it will sit free and take a view for something to eat.
I think you did it well with your short lens, short for birds I mean.
The bird is sharp with a pleasant DOF, the bird stands out great from the blurry BG.
Really fine work, old friend.

Thank for all your kind comments of my previous posts.

hello Alexei
this is very beautiful juvenile Red-backed Shrike with lovely looking. you greatly captured it on iron fences. sharp details, eyes contact, coloration and blurry BG superb. awesome work. nicely composed and presented.
thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

Privet Alexei,
Although you didn't do too many birdshots this summer (as you said), this one was worth all the effort. Fantastic pose, awesome composition, beautiful sharpness, colors and background blur. Unlike mentioned by someone else, the fence on tbhe pic doesn't disturb me or the visual impact at all. It's natural we see this species, and a few else, on the top of the fence of gardens. Bombastic work MF, again a proof of your exceptional photographic skills and talent. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-01 1:35]

Hello Alexei,
Sorry to be so late, I just saw your excellent bird-shot. A perfect one regarding decentred composition, chosen point of view, light-management and natural colors. In one word:perfect! And the attitude of this juvenile Shrike is so tender, very touching. A picture with soul, like Jesus from Venezuela would say.
Have a nice week
Kind regards

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-11-01 23:21]

Very crisp sharp nice shot, what I miss is the Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG..

I agree with Anna...it is much to do with the light against the pose. The fence gives it the human touch..and the story is well done as in notes.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-11-03 15:07]

Çok net ve çok güzel bir fotoğraf.
Tebrikler Alexei, saygılarımla..

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-11-03 15:15]

Привіт Олексій,
Що захопити! Представлено відмінний, мої вітання.
Ясність і колір схем.
Я радий, що я повернувся, і я можу милуватися фотографіями.
З повагою,

Sorprendentes el encuadre y el equilibrio del conjunto en tu bello trabajo Alexei.
Aunque casi al límite, una buena luz.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Profoundly DETAILED.
You should come to Alberta... the wild life here is also MOST FRIENDLY.
Mario with fond greetings and regards.

Awefully sorry it took me some time to reciprocate to your kind words on one of my recent pictures, Alexei.
This young Shrike looks absolutely beautiful in this well controlled shot. The sharpness of the entire content within the frame is just fantastic. From this perspective, the plumage of the bird looks glorious.
I am alarmed to realise wild life is not treated kindly in your part of the world. Maybe it is a temporary phase.
Thanks and regards.

hello Alexei

this is a great close-up photo and wow with
that lovely eye-contact from the bird, very fine
POV and framing, as always superb focus sharpness
and details, very beautifully blurred background, TFS


lively with very good sharpness, very beautiful picture, like all your last work!
best regards Nasos

Hallo Alexei,
a very beautiful capture of this juvenile Red-backed Shrike, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, a very nice composition with a lovely pose of the bird
Best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 14:28]

Hola Alexei.
Hermosa la foto. La pose, iluminacion, y fondo difuso son agradables a la vista. La nota escrita es exelente y deja muchas enseñanzas.
Saludos Mi querido Amigo

Dear Alexei,
composition just perfect in its clear and strict proportions and its reduction to the essence. The shrike's pose is deserving a special bonuns with its head turned towards the centre of the image, watching the photographer with friendly confidence. A very charming portrait.
Thank you! With kindest regards,

Hello Alexei,

I'm impressed by the technical quality of this image!
The plumage and other details in the bird is perfect, and the colours are natural and outstanding...
The scene is blessed with fine light, and we have good eye contact with the bird!

Pablo -

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-02-05 9:39]

Hi Alexei,

I love the simplicity of this picture of the Shrike "sitting on the fence." The expression on his face is priceless and you have captured him perfectly. The face and feathers are magnificent with beautiful colors and excellent details.The pose, background and composition are all superb.


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