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Big Brother Watching

Big Brother Watching
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Copyright: Can Unuvar (Calianis) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 14 N: 122] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D EOS, Canon EF 90-300 mm f4.5 - f 5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-29 15:08
Viewed: 3577
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Who knows when a red backed shrike perches on a wire just in front of you! That was the moment when I just got out of home for a little walk.

Lanius collurio

The generic name Lanius comes from the Latin for "butcher".

Red-backed shrikes are slightly larger, but slimmer, than house sparrows. The male is unmistakable with a bluish-grey head, black mask, bright chestnut back and thick hooked black bill. Shrikes like to perch prominently on the tops of bushes, fence posts and telephone wires, where they have a good view of potential prey. Items caught are then taken to a larder where they are impaled on a thorn or wedged in a fork.

Where does it live?

Lowland heathland, farmland, downland and orchards with thickets and scrub.

Coastal scrub and bushes.

Where to see it
Now effectively extinct as a breeding bird and best looked for on passage in spring and autumn.(For UK)

What does it eat?
Insects, and small birds and mammals

What does it sound like?
Call a harsh 'chack'; song is a scratchy warble

When to see it
May and June, when they migrate north and from August to October when they move south.

Vital Statistics
Eggs: 3-7
Incubation: 12-16 days
Fledging: 14-15 days
Maximum lifespan: 7 years
Length: 17cm
Wingspan: 24-27cm
Weight: 25-35g

Info:The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-29 16:04]
  • [+]

Hello Can,
Wonderful capture.Colors,details,lighting and composition are excellent.

Hello Can

A great shot, well composed with nicely saturated colours and good light. TFS.

Merhaba Can
Cok hos ve dogal bir kare. Pastel renkler ve guzel bir kompozisyon.

  • Great 
  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-03 15:35]

Hello Can,

Very nice catch of this shrike. Good colours, sharpness ok.


Hi Can,
Very nice close-up picture. Colors are great. Blurry BG is nice.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

  • Good 
  • cgabay (52)
  • [2006-09-24 9:51]

Güzel bir kızılsırtlı...

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