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Predatory Puffball

Predatory Puffball
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Harrison (chrish) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Shrikes, Ptaki [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-19 5:39
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Loggerhead Shrike was photographed in the Texas Panhandle on a particularly cold winter day (+20F/-7C). He certainly wasn't interested in unfluffing his feathers and flying out of the limited shelter this snowy Yucca provided.

Loggerhead Shrikes are the most widespread north american shrike. They are known colloquially as butcher birds for their habit of catching small lizard and insects and impaling them on spines or barbed wire and coming back to eat them later.

Although they are small and are typically associated with being insect eaters, these miniature predators will readily kill and eat other birds almost as big as themselves - sparrows beware!

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To Merlin: nicely done....chrish 2 10-19 18:50
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Very beautiful :D. Im sorry for my english... ;P im from Spain. Good shot and good composicion. Congratulations from Sant Joan Despi, Barcelona (Spain) :D

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-19 7:11]

Very well composed and lovely shot! Too bad the eye is not visible, but this must have been a very difficult scene to expose well. Well done & TFS!


A very appealing shot, which suffers a bit from looking rather dull and the missing catchlight in the shrike's eye. I've done a quick WS on it to bring the snow back to white and recover the bird's eye. I could have done better with the original.
Regards, Nigel

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-10-19 10:45]

Very interesting and educational note along with a beautiful picture Chris! Great POV! All of the elements of the picture: barb wire, snow on the Yucca, and of course the bird make this picture a real eye catcher.

Nice job!

Regards, Dave

Brilliant! You deserve a smiley just for the caption of this photograph! :-)

Hi Chris

Lovely shot. Nicely composed with very good POV. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-10-20 5:25]

HI Chris,
This little guy looks quite cold.
nice shot.
I love the lines of the grass and the wire they make a nice composition on their own. The bird just adds that little extra that makes for a wonderful shot.
well done

This background really makes the shot here Chris. Well composed with good detail. I think your "puffball" is extra "puffy" because of very cold weather? Well seen & nice work. Thank You.

Linda foto Chris, muy grgfico el efecto de las plantas congeladas.... pobre pajaro, como puede vivir ahi!!

It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-11-07 8:50]

excellent ambiance! very nice shot. tfs

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