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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-09 11:08
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In this picture you can see the shrike's pellet just before he was starting with his big meal (take a look on his legs...), the meal took him a while because it was very big for him...

Red-backed Shrike - Lanius collurio

In this picture you can see the little shrike with a big pray in its mouth, he was so happy with its pray that he didn't notice me approaching with my truck very nearby.
This is a young shrike, the adult has more smooth tones in its feathers.

Descriptive notes.

17 cm, 26-38 g, wingspan 24-27 cm. Rather small, quite bold, raptorial passerine, with thick, hooked bill, fairly short wings, and relatively long tail, epitome of family in temperate Europe.
Plumage of male distinctive, with blue-grey and white head interrupted by black bill and mask, rufous back and inner wings, and white-edged black tail diagnostic.
Female and immature essentially brown above, dull white below with much barring. Habitually perches prominently.
Sexes dissimilar, no seasonal variation.


Breeds in middle latitudes of west Palearctic in temperate, Mediterranean, and steppe climates, mainly continental and lowland. Require sonny, sheltered, warm, dry or even semi-arid , and level or gently sloping terrain, with scattered or open growth of bushes, shrubs, to low trees providing hunting look-out posts commanding areas of short grass, heath, or bare soil suitable for small prey.

Food and Feeding

Mainly insects, chiefly beetles, also other invertebrates, small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Most prey located from exposed, though usually low, perch using sit and wait strategy. Large moving insects spotted up to 30 m away, and caught in bill after shallow direct glide, sometimes with outstretched neck, which may terminate in brief hover before bird drops into vegetation. Also drops straight onto prey below perch. Vehemence of this action may be shown by strikingly worn forehead plumage.

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Hi Elroyie,
this is a perfect shot,composition sharpness,bg....


superbe cette capture elroyie
la proie dans les serres,superbe netteté.
tres bonne luminosité et BG bien flou.
bon week end

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-09 11:21]

Hi Elroyie,

A magnificent capture of this Shrike with his mouth stuffed. I love the pose, the colors, the sharp details and the BG. Beautiful picture.


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-09 11:22]

Really great picture depicting a seldom seen behaviour.
I like it for the action, details and the fact that this little one seems to be a winner in the game of life. It is able to look after itself.
Really great!

Lovely capture Elroyie. Excellent DOF, bird and prey both in focus. Well done and excellent timing to catch this :)


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-09 11:39]

Someone must be really hungry :o) It's a very good catch Elroyie, showing the shrike with the pellet and his meal. Clarity, light, sharpness, focus and the moment captured is great. Very well done. TFS

This is an amazing capture!

Well done with your perfect timing here. It took me a second to realise he had that fat grasshopper as well, can't believe he ate it all, greedy thing!

Nice job with that pin sharpness and delightful background. Brilliant work. A true nature shot.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-09 12:00]

Hi Elroyie,

A supeb catch for the both of you,I can understand he had a long diner,well captured and TFS


Amazing shot and moment captured.

Cześć Elroyie,
Świetne exppresyjne foto. Bardzo ładnie uchwycona scena z życia ptaków. Super kompozycja, bardzo dobra ostrość. Very nice shot. Thanks.

Regards from Poland - BratAni.

nuice shot,
well composed with fine pov, the littele guy is heaving meals,
the blurred bg suits the shot well, nice natural colour tones,
tfs & regards

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-03-09 13:04]

Timing is everything and you definitley got it right with this one. Wonderful sharpness and clarity...


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-03-09 13:06]

Hello Elroyie,
Excellent shot of the bird with its mouth full. very good details,background and composition. very good dof. even the grasshopper looks attractive with its blue and red legs.TFS, smitha.

Hi , magnificient behaviour photo , thx.

Excellent focus, timing and composition. Great job! Congratulations!

Hi Elroyie,
Very good image...
Big meal indeed...

fantastic capture, TFS Ori

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-09 21:53]

Hi Elroyie,
Superb details and excellent composition in this capture, thanks for sharing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-10 0:12]

That is just an incredible shot, Elroyie.
What a terrific moment you have caught, with his mouth jammed up with the pellet, and that huge grasshopper at his feet.
Fantastic POV and light with sharp details and good exposure.
TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-10 2:18]

Hi Elroyie,
What a capture! The moment is really great!!
TFS, José M.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-10 8:58]

Hola Elroyie,
Bella captura y momento genial,
detalles, nitidez y compo.
gran trabajo,

je visite aujourd'hui et voir cettte magnidfique photo
parfaite netteté et bonnes couleurs
bien vu merci

Perfect. simply perfect.

Hola Elroyie
Un momento muy interesante el que nos muestras, primero por la captura de la langosta y segundo y más importante para mí el momento en que regurgita la egagropila.
Un saludo y te felitico por esta la última foto que subiste.
Un saludo

This is what I call a very good picture. Not only technically perfect, but original, informative, artistic, it has everything.

Thanks, Mario

Hi Elroyie,
This is great! This is the best way to describe me when I eat my mom's cooking "Sorry mom.". Great momment captured with excellent settings. :)

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