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Guarding the Mail

Guarding the Mail
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: 2006-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Shrikes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-04 16:36
Viewed: 4051
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This loggerhead shrike was hunting from the mailbox along a quiet country road near Bigfoot, Texas.

These small birds are surprising little predators. They are sometimes called butcherbirds for their habit of capturing small prey items, such as lizards or grasshoppers, and impaling them on thorns or even barbed wire for storage.

Not only are they "butchers" but these brave little "tyrants of the telephone lines" will attack and prey on other birds almost as big as themselves.

Konica Minolta 7D
Sigma 500mm APO f/4.5
f/6.7 @ 1/500 on bean bag through car window
slight adjustment of levels
some slight USM
50% crop of original

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-04 16:55]

Hi Chris,
I could have used a mailbox guardbird when I first moved to my current residence years ago. Two young neighbor kids favorite habit was scattering mail throughout the woods...:(
But, all worked out. Kids either grow up or move off...;-)
Your loggerhead shrike looks really good!
Nice and sharp with a great pose!
Good to see you post. Hope all is well, and may you have a great 2006!
Best Regards,

Hi Chris,
This is a great shot of one of my favourite birds. Nice sharp image that really captures the character of the shrike. It's nice to see it looking at home alongside people.
Best wishes

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-05 0:14]

Wow. Chris. What a sharp shot of this loggerhead shrike. I think they are such striking birds to look at, with their black mask and all. Very well captured and TFS. : )

  • Jannie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
  • [2006-01-05 1:52]

Great matching colours. DOF is spot on and the detail very good. Background seems a little noisy but still works very well.


Hi Chris

Running late this morning, but enough time to see that this is an excellent post. Good POV, clarity and details. TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-06 10:04]

Chris, a beauty.

Excellent lighting and pov.

I like composition and pose too.

Excellent job.

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-04-10 20:17]

Très belle image. C'est sharp et bien exposé. La composition simple est très belle. Bravo, belle photo.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-08-02 13:17]

very beautiful one...

congratulations Chris :)

Good shot.

Good sharpness and OOF and contrasting background.
Well exposed and well chosen composition - not too much mailbox, just the right amount.

hi chris!
beautiful one with fine composition!
sharp with nice dof and pov
well done!

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