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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-08-25 10:40
Viewed: 1626
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Measuring 17 cm in length, the red-backed shrike is slightly larger than a house sparrow. Males are easily recognisable by their striking appearance. They have a bluish-grey head, black eye mask, chestnut coloured back, black tail framed with white, salmon pink underparts and a hooked black bill. Females and juveniles do not have the black eye mask of the male and are dull brown; juveniles also have bars on their back. The voice includes a harsh 'chack chack' alarm call, and males produce a sustained warble in which the songs of other bird species are copied.

The red-backed shrike breeds throughout most of Europe except for most of the northern areas, central and southern Iberia and many Mediterranean islands. It migrates via south-east Europe to tropical and southern Africa and north-west India for the winter. Formerly widespread throughout much of England and Wales, the species has undergone a drastic decline since the mid 19th century.

Red-backed shrikes once bred in a wide range of habitats, including commons, waste land, scrubby habitat and heathland.

They take a range of prey and use a variety of hunting methods. They swiftly drop onto beetles and other invertebrates dwelling on the ground, but can also chase after flying insects and catch them on the wing.
Small birds, mammals, lizards and frogs are also taken, and are killed with a sharp peck to the back of the head.In areas where extensive scrub clearance has occurred, the rate of decline has been shown to be double that which occurred in other areas.
Agricultural intensification including pesticide use may have contributed to the decline of this species by reducing prey availability.

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Ciao Marius. Another superb paint from you MF! Top quality very good colours impressive focused eye.


Hi Marius..
Great shot of this little fellow.Very good sharpness and details; bird looked absolutely ready for the photograph.Well done and thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-25 11:37]

Hello Marius.
Superb shot of this Shrike. Very well composed. Good low POV. Nice colours. Clear sharp details.Regards Siggi

Hello Mr.Marius,
Beautiful one.Light and sharpness is really nice.Well detailed.Great BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-25 12:12]

Hello Marius,
Exceptional presentation of this Red-backed Shrike in this marvellous composition. Amazing clarity and splendid natural colours. Excellent sharpness and details. What a beauty!

Hi, Marius.
This is a beautiful image of a species that is now virtually extinct in my country. Apart from the crisp lighting and perfect focus, I very much enjoy the space you have introduced around your subject. I have tried a slight colour balance adjustment in a workshop if you don't mind?
Best wishes, Nigel.

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2013-08-25 16:47]

Fine bird photography.
Successful focusing, POV and DOF.
Pleasing composition and light.

Hello Marius
Very elegant top quality work
perfect soft tonal range, pleasant.
good sharpness and perfect colour.
Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
is really a good combination.
best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-08-25 20:32]

Hi Marius.
Very pictorial shot of a juvenile red backed shrike. This species is widespread in our outskirts. Tree branch patter decorates the image of the bird excellently. Composition is spot on as well as details of all scene. TFS and best wishes.

Hi Marius,
beutiful presentation of the bird. Excellent portrait. Very clear photo. A lot of details.
Have a nice day,

Hello Marius,
A very beautiful capture of this red-backed shrike.
Beautiful composition and timing.
Great natural color combination and sharpness.
You have done a great job.Thanks for sharing.


Hi Marius
照的清晰 真是漂亮的鳥
構圖美麗 背景深遂 謝謝分享

interesting species. wonderful image with wonderful lighting and nice presentation. tfs.

Salut Marius. O fotografie frumoasa ca intotdeauna.Excelenta claritate si foarte bine facuta.Teleconvertorul 1,4TC II este Sigma?
Numai bine Valerian.

Another great photo Marius! Beautiful pose, very good composition, nice lighting and very good sharpness.

Hello Marius,
Wonderful composition and excellent subject details,perfect PoV and lovely natural colours saturation.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-08-26 10:44]

Hi Marius,
Nice shot in amazing natural colors and with excellent
details and very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

I think that is one of the most striking passerines...is excellent photo Marius!

Hello Marius,
Lovely image of the bird, the perch is very artistic and the details of the bird is really good, wish the sky was blue.

Hi Marius
I missed a lot of Your posts my Friend.Very little time lately.
This one is perfect in all aspects.Composition,colours,light... impressive sharpness too.Congrats!
Thank You for the kind critics on my work.
Best wishes

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-08-30 0:42]

This is an excellent picture. I like this bird, and the picture has an excellent sharpness, color and composition. Congratulation. Saludos.

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