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8 Years with TN

8 Years with TN
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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: 2014-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-30 9:03
Viewed: 2825
Points: 40
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Despite the hard time in Ukraine and too rare posts here I want to spend this memorable for me day with my constant TN-friends and lovely TN-community. The cute red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) helped me to realize this plan.

There are many birds of the species around our countryside gardens these days. Having 24MP crop-camera I can reach small birds from far distance now and glad to share shots from you.

I wish that our people to be heard only the voices of birds and other animals, the whisper of the wind and rustling of the grass instead of cannonade of guns and bursts of sub-machine gunfire.

The red-backed shrike is a carnivorous passerine bird and member of the shrike family Laniidae.

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." This practice has earned it the nickname of "butcher bird."

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.

This bird breeds in most of Europe and western Asia and winters in tropical Africa. The bird is listed as a "least concern" (LC) species on a global scale, but some parts of its range have seen a steep decline in numbers, so locally its status can be less secure.
(Lanius collurio)

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Delicada y dulce composición... La exposición quizás es uno de los secretos de la calma atmósfera generada. Felicitaciones, Alexei.

Un abrazo desde Argentina

照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 角度照的很棒
光線亮麗 構圖美麗 背景深遂

hallo Alex
Congrat with your 8 years on TN and with very good posting
great sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
great composition to
thanks greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-05-30 9:30]

Hi Alexei,
Best compliments for your 8 years on TN..
Beautiful natural colours and a nice pose with eye contact.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-30 9:59]

Hi Alex,it's nice to see you there in your 8th anniversary! You are back with this magnificent capture of this lanius,made in the usual top quality despite the distance.Grea post as usual! I hope a lot best days for your country,leving quickly this very difficult situation and moment.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2014-05-30 10:21]

Wonderful picture dear Alex
may peace come back to Ukraine very soon
all the best

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-30 11:29]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic photo of this shrike in superb sharpness, details and beautiful colours. great composition.
Congratulations on your 8 years TN membership, half a year before me.
Think a lot of you in these difficult times for the Ukraine. Wish you strength.

Hi Alexei,
Yes long association with TN. I also joined in 2006.
Beautiful image of red-backed shrike.
With Regards,

Alexei, it is really great to see your work again!
My heart goes out to you in these times of turmoil in your country. With the grace of God, all would be well soon.
The picture of this Shrike you have posted today bears your stamp as an outstanding nature photographer. Reminds me of the good old days here on TN when every picture posted here used to be a gem. Now the things are dismal, and you know it.
Anyway, I wish you well and look forward to your regular presence here.
With warm regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-30 21:27]
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Hello Alexei,
Congratulations on your 8th year anniversary here on TN. This magnificent photo is a tribute to your expertise with a camera.
The Red-backed Shrike is such a pretty bird with it's pale colors and unique bandit mask. Love the wonderful eye contact and super sharp detail you managed to capture.
Still watching the news every day while keeping your people and beautiful country in my prayers!!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2014-05-30 23:17]

Hello Alexei,
Long time I haven't looked into this site. I'm very glad to see you again. Nice shot this very interesting bird which I meet or hear almost every day.
Best regards, Pawel

Hello Alexei,
congrats for you 8 years on TN.
it's great to see you again, dear friend, it has been a long time. We both have been away from TN
of different reasons. I hope your country will solve all problems and go back to a normal life. And a new camera too, its a great one. ;-)
Fine picture with really nice composition, nice soft colours and with fine details.
Well done.

Ciao Alexei and welcome back for your 8th years with us! Great POV razor details and perfect management of light.


Ciao Alexei, congratulations for your 8 years on TN, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful ambientation, fine details, superb sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei.

First of all I want you to say that I am very happy to see you posting on TN,
every time I see the news about your country I think to you, I wish all the
best to you and your country, and congratulations for your 8 years on TN.

Excellent photo of the red-backed shrike, fine POV and framing,
expressive glance of the bird in a beautiful light, and the catch-light
at his eye it render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Bonsoir Alexel,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle attitude sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-06-05 13:06]

Hello Alex,
Missed this fine bird-picture. Happy to see that you post even if the situation in your country is difficult. A very elegant bird, a very elegant shot. Well done as usual
Take care!!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-06-23 0:18]

Hello Alexei
exciting compo among the leaves. Good color render and good details.


Privet Alexei,
Although a little late, but congratulations and thank you so much for your 8-year contribution in TN. You shared thousands of excellent photos aand useful notes, and we all hope we managed to learn from you! This shot's excellent also. Fabulous composition and beautiful lights, a real gift to the eyes (mind). I wish peace to Ukraine and many more unforgettable days to you and your loved ones.
Best regards from Ireland, László

Dear Alexei,
outstanding portrait of the red-backed shrike, approached and composed with great care and sensitivity. A pleasure to see the tender light shaping its body, and to find it very nicely surrounded by those branches of fresh leaves, never hiding it. Excellent work, both perfectly well describing, and emotionally appealing in a pleasantly gentle and silent way. Thank you, my dear friend.
With best regards,

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