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Another Juvenile: front view

Another Juvenile: front view
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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, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-18 23:36
Viewed: 4542
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Why I like juveniles? Because they are too trustful, curious, charming and know our cruel reality badly. All of these circumstances gave me an excellent chance to come nearer to this birdy, to take many shots of it and to select that of them, which I prefer most of all.

As on my previous shot this picture also reflects Red-backed Shrike which sat on a tree behind the fence of my garden.

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. Although a migratory visitor to Great Britain, it had been considered extinct as a breeding bird and has been named as a protected bird in Britain under a Biodiversity Action Plan; in September 2010 the RSPB announced that a breeding pair had successfully raised chicks in a secret location in Dartmoor, the first recorded since 1970

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'.
( Red-backed Shrike )

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Hello alexei,

yes really a dad story more than days, it's a bad case for the site.
Previous week also one day.
Good frontal pov and sharpness, great details.
Fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-19 0:11]

Hello Alexei,
very beautiful imagine of this Red-backed Shrike,details, light and sharpness fantastic, interesting subject. A nice picture. Best regards Siggi

Hi Alexei.
Another brilliant bird post from you against the saturated blue sky. The perch is so good and the eye contact is just first class. Excellent exposure of the plumage of this well composed shot.
Thanks for sharing and greetings from Malaysia - Jusni

Hi Alex!

It's an exciting moment to read your notes and I can feel the passion as well as the enthusiasm. This does, of course, also influence on the quality of the picture. I believe you have chosen the right one out of your series: the bird's pose and view is superb, and the great sharpness reveals fine details.

Kind regards


Hello Alexei,
Fantastic capture with superb details and amazing colours.
Excellent composition, focus and very good sharpness.

A good, down-angle shot of a curious birdie Alexei, the whites are a little overexposed but still a charming picture with good detail content and a beautifully managed, uncluttered BG. Thanks for sharing this fine image my friend.

Ciao Alexei, great frontal view of this lovely bird, beautiful blue sky, splendid sharpness, fine details, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Alexei
Great shot with nice details and good sharpness
nice light anf beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-19 8:20]

Hi Alex,i like a lot this point of view,very great quality of sharpness and colors and a great contrast whit the blue sky,very well done!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-11-19 9:01]

Privet Alexei,
Although photo taken with low POV it look very well.The bird have curious glance, perfectly sharp and blue sky is good BG for composition. From the right bottom corner blurred leaf disturb a little. We have pretty weather in November without temperature below zero.
Regards, Pawel

My dear friend Alexei, it's good to hear from you and see your photos again.
Hope you're well.
This young bird, seems to have paid much attention to you! ... Excellent expression! ... Certainly must be much more docile and friendly because of their youth. Nice POV from below, the details are excellent and the plumage is deliciously full of texture. Good job with this bird, "That looks curiously at photographer" :)
Regards, TFS, have a nice weekend

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-19 10:40]

Hello Alex,
Beautiful photo of this Red-backed Shrike. Excellent natural colours with a splendid blue background. Very attractive eye contact. Nice composition.
Have a good weekend,

Like the eye contact & catchlight I see Alexei, details look great.
Slightly OE, but minor. That said, it's still a nice one with that curious pose :)
Have a good weekend!

Hi Alex

There are not enough pics of juveniles, so well done on presenting this one. They certainly look different to the adults. Cool composition.


Hallo Alexei
Everything in this image is really beautiful, but to me the colours is especially pretty. The image looks as if it is cleanly washed and hunged out on a bright sunny day. Your photography here is magic, as all display so beautifully. This is indeed a praiseworthy image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Alex,
Simple yet beautiful pic, great contrast between the juvenile bird and the blue sky. Very pleasant view, the only, minor negative things are the out of focus leaves. They're3 a bit disturbing, otherwise a stunning image. Tfs.
Friendly regards, László

Hello Alex,
Great capture against a clear blue sky !
Very good details on its juvenile plumage

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-20 4:35]

Hello Alex,
Yes, juveniles are especially charming and this Shrike looks so trustful towards the photographer. It knew that you wouldn't harm it. Special point of view through the branches and towards the blue sky. The branches form a kind of triangle in which the bird is installed.
Have a nice weekend. Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-20 5:21]

Hello Alex,
nice glance by the bird. The shiny dark eye really captivate the viewer. The blue sky really works well in giving a good and effective composition.
Details and features are well recorded.
You have done very well in giving this bottom-up angle of view.
Lovely presentation.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-11-20 5:31]

Hi Alexei,
very cute!
Very good photo of this Red-backed Shrike.Good sharp details and a nice composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Alexei,
very good composition and POV of this beautiful and small bird,
TFS & have a nice week end!

Bonjour Alexei,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement sous une belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Alexei
what a lovely bird with fluffy faethers, he have a very curious look, wonderful sharp details, superb pose and composition
very beautiful blue sky
Have a great suday

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-21 6:01]

Hello Alexei,
Another very nice capture of the young Shrike, this time watching you from above. Beautiful eye contact and sharp details. Good light and colours too against a lovely blue sky!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

hello Alexei

very beautiful photo of this lovely bird,
your fine frontal POV it gives a beautiful
eye-contact from the bird, very beautiful light,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details, TFS


hello Alexei!
another fresh shot of juvenile bird
good colors and details ..only the blurred leaf in the foreground creates eye discomfort

thanks sERGIO

Hi Alexei,

Thanks for this nice cute photo to start Monday morning with. Very sharp with high shutter speed used.
I really like the reflection in its eye. Great eye-contact!
TFS and have a great new week MF!


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-21 23:29]

Hello Alexei,

Lovely sharpness of the these nice bird.
You took these picture out of a low angle with a splendid result. Also the blue background is nice to look at.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hi Alexei,
What a lovely capture with such amazing details, clarity and good focus. Fantastic background.

Hello Alex! Perfect shot, good capture and exposure. Superb contrast and sharpness. Nice colours. Fine note. Well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-11-22 12:08]

Hello Alexei,
another post where you manage to convey a sense of character in your subjects! Technically very well done as always, with excellent clarity and details - well done!

Buena composición, aunque algo distorsionada por la hoja que aparece en
la base de la escena. Buena pose del ave y buenos los complementos de las ramas.
Un abrazo Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-23 12:18]

Hello Alexei,
A charming capture of this juvenile Red-backed Shrike.
I like the pose taken from a nice POV against a clear blue sky in a pleasing composition with the branches of its tree. Technically this is excellent with fine sharpness and colours and a lively catchlight in the eye.
Thanks and kind regards,

A fine sky backdrop for such a peaceful bird. Now if only countries could see in others, the way you and I see in nature. I can dream. Lovely shot.

Such a lot of DETAIL!!!
Loved its "EYE CONTACT"; like you said ... it trusts you. A baby!!!
Presented with a lot of taste.
Loved your notes too.
Mario with "MOST" friendly greetings from Canada.

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful image, well composed with good clear details and nice colours. Well done!

Hallo Alexei,
another very beautiful picture of this juvenile Red-backed Shrike taken from a very good POV with fine tdetail on the plumage, splendid natural colours.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 14:26]

Hola Alexei.
I have been workin in the ranch the last few monts, and I just come to my home for once in a while and no time to see a great photos from the TN Family.
Like this photo and the note that You write.
Mery Christmas to You and all Your family.

A beautifully timed shot, Alexei!
The perch, the blue sky and the perfect sharpness all make this a lovely shot, my dear friend!
Seasons Greetings to you and your family!

Ola alex esta foto ficou de qualidade muito boa está de parabéns por esta bela imagem,muito boa realmente.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-26 9:47]

Hi Alexei,

You had to know I would love this Red-backed Shrike posing so nicely on the branches with a beautiful blue sky behind him. I agree, there is something special about juveniles and the expression on this bird's face is a fine example. The colors and details of the face and feathers are wonderful and the composition is excellent. My very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2011.


Hello Alexei,

A lovely bird indeed, and a fine image was the result of the encounter!
I agree with what you say on juveniles and trust, for instance I have great tits coming right from the nest and eating from my hand, something the grown-ups never do...
I notice the fine details in the plumage and the well balanced composition!

Pablo -

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