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Lanius meridionalis elegans

Lanius meridionalis elegans
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 14:28
Viewed: 6213
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Laniidae

Genus: Lanius

Species: L. meridionalis ssp.elegans

The Southern Grey Shrike, Lanius meridionalis, is a member of the shrike family.

It is closely related to the Great Grey Shrike, Lanius excubitor, with which it used to be considered conspecific; where they co-occur, they do not interbreed and are separated by choice of habitat.[1]

The race L. m. meridionalis is resident in southern Europe and north Africa. It is slightly smaller and darker than the Great Grey Shrike, and prefers dry open country.

The race L. m. pallidirostis breeds in central Asia and winters in the tropics. It is much paler than Southern Grey or Great Grey, and is sometimes split as a separate species, the Steppe Grey Shrike, L. pallidirostis. It too prefers more arid habitat with sparse vegetation.

This medium-sized passerine bird eats large insects, small birds and rodents. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".

The plumage is generally similar to Great Grey Shrike apart from the differences noted above.

The migratory eastern form is a scarce vagrant to western Europe, including Great Britain, usually in autumn.

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La famiglia Averla è molto suggestivo. Ho visto la mia parte sia come un bambino e gli anziani. Mio padre lo sapeva bene come chiamare quelle nelle sue note. Avete qui una perfetta combinazione di inquadratura e uso della luce. Complimenti Luciano!

Ciao Luciano,
E 'certamente un quadro complicato con una fotocamera bridge! Buon lavoro, taglio verticale un delizioso, buon dettaglio e texture nel piumaggio degli uccelli.
Una questione, ha fatto questa foto senza cavalletto, eh? ... a 1/50s, eh?
Saluti, grazie per la condivisione,

Ahhh.. a bird photo from Luciano:) Really wonderful MF!
Nicely done! TFS and have a nice night!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-13 21:30]

Hi Luciano,
Excellent photo of this interesting Lanius species,TFS!

Ciao Luciano,
ottima immagine e, se consideriamo di un uccello, è proprio una rarità nel tuo caso. Il risultato comunque è molto buono e la strada è aperta. Un saluto, Paolo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 22:35]

Ciao Luciano,
Very nice indeed!
A superb capture of the Southern Grey Shrike. The lighting, pose, POV, sharpness, colours and contrast against the pleasing OOF natural Bg are excellent and contribute to a very attractive image.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-13 23:06]

Hello Luciano.
A lovley detailes and sharp photo of this shrike. Its really a spot on shot. The BG colours are perfect against the colours of the bird, very nice.Best regards Siggi

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-10-13 23:19]

Cher Luciano!

Ton image est très belle, de toute simplicité et de beauté. La composition verticale, même si elle est un peu centrée, est très bien adaptée au sujet principal posé sur une branche, également verticale. Les détails du plumage sont finement dessinés - une belle image!



Hello Luciano,

what an very good sharp and deteiled photo and also with low pov.
Fine colours.


Ciao Luciano, gli uccellini non son pane per i nostri denti, comunque questo è mica male, mi piace anche la texture dello sfondo, poi un uccellino tunisino mica si trova tutti i giorni, bravo, ciao Silvio
PS ricordati ombrello ed impermeabile

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-14 1:53]

Hello Luciano,
auch an elegance stance by the bird and you captured it perfectly. Good light giving the details and its feather so pleasant and pretty.
Well presented shot with good contrasting background.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-14 3:21]

Bonjour Luciano,
Tu nous reviens donc de Djerba avec cet adorable oiseau que tu nous présentes avec une excellente image. J'aime bien to cadrage vertical et les tons gris et très subtiles de cette image. Magnifique aussi le feuillage juste suggéré à l'arrière-plan. Merci aussi de ta note explicative.
Bonne fin de semaine

Ciao Luciano. Mi dispiace ma valide solo luce e compo. Impastata e rumorosa. Ne parliamo in viaggio....


Ciao Luciano,
The gorgous evening sun at 18:30 in Tunisia gives this little Shrike a Silver sheen!
Usually I am not a great lover of frames - but in this case - you actually enhanced the silvery atmosphere.

You chose a difficult bird to photograph: the black markings in the face make exposure ALWAYS a hazard, particularly with such pale coloured feathers!

With your usual aplomb you produced an image which is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations.

Enjoy your evening, I see on the International weather maps that temperatures in your part of the world have plummeted.

Buona sera
Ciao Ingrid

salut Luciano

une excellente photo en close-up de cette Pie-grièche,
excellent POV et cadrage approprié, superbe focus
netteté et détails, jolies catch-light et eye-contact,
et une très jolie lumière, TFS


Hola Luciano

Un ave con un plumaje verdaderamente precioso, aunque no tenga colores muy llamativos. Una composición muy agradable con ese fondo difuminado enmarañado. Buen Pov y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Qué fuerza tiene esta fotografía !

Preciosa la pose de esta pequeña ave y buen manejo de los colores.

Saludos Luciano.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-14 14:22]

Hello Luciano,
Short after a very busy day: Good to see a bird in your portfolio. Very nice photo of this shrike in good sharpness and very pleasing colours.

Bonsoir Luciano,
Effectivement, il est très élégant ce Lanius, avec son joli costume gris et noir, sa chemise blanche et son masque noir sur les yeux. Tu l'as parfaitement saisi, dans une très belle composition. Bonne nuit,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-14 15:07]

Hi Luciano,
A very good capture of this bird in great light and fine details.TFS and have a nice friday MF.

Very good friend Luciano! Lovely capture blessed with wonderful soft light, great dept of field and composition! I would suggest perhaps a bit wider aperture settings .. and what a difference this frame makes!! Aaaa...? Have a great time in Tunisia!
George Veltchev

Hi Luciano,
Excellent focus ,details and colors, you shot it at good time, very very well done
thank you.Best regards

Bonjour Luciano,
Belle publication valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation, sous une excellente profondeur de champ, de la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Luciano
Ho anche notato che si riesce a uccelli ... E 'davvero bello, e la qualità è bella.
Complimenti Luciano e grazie

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-17 19:02]

Hello Luciano,
A pretty little bird and shown in such a fine pose. The illumination is wonderful allowing you to capture exceptional detail and gorgeous natural colors. well done!!

Hi Luciano,
A lovely capture of this beautiful shrike bird. Good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I lov the classic pose you've captured and presented, Luciano!
The graphic is very interesting!

hello Luciano
i like this 3D picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
the light is very good
GREAT shot
greeting lou

bonjour Luciano
très bel oiseau, joliment capturé sur ce tronc d'arbre, l'image est superbement éclairée et tout les détails sont parfaits, j'aime bien le décor aussi,
Passe une bonne nuit

Ciao Luciano,
Great colors of the bird, well collected and presented,

Hi Luciano. This is such a beautiful bird capture. The sharpness and details are pristine and exposure of the plumage is well defined. Love the composition and thanks for sharing. Regards - Jusni

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'arbre aide au cadrage de l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la Pie-grièche méridionale. La lumière du début de soirée fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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