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Southern Grey Shrike (L meridionalis)


Southern Grey Shrike (L meridionalis)
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-06 10:13
Viewed: 3464
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Grey Shrike, Lanius meridionalis, is a member of the shrike family. Thanks Ivan for correcting me................as I had labelled it Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor).

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 (Sangster et al., 2002).

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.

This medium-sized migratory passerine eats large insects, small birds and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder". With their bills they can kill large insects, lizards, mice, and small birds. A shrike may impale its prey on a thorn, as on a meat hook; hence another name, "butcherbird".

Source: Wikipedia

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-06 10:19]

Hi Subhash . This is a fine close up of this Lesser Grey Shrike .Which you have taken with fine detail andnatural looking colours. I like the pose against the plain BG. well taken TFS.
Nick..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-06 12:10]
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Hello Subhash,
A fine capture of a Shrike, taken with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting from a nice lateral POV.
However, if this were a Lesser Grey Shrike this would be a rare vagrant to India. No, as the black forehead is not there (only black just above the bill), This is likely to be The Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis).
Thanks and kind regards,
Ivan

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-06 14:18]

Hi Subhash,
Beautiful capture of this Grey Shrike.POV,BG,composition and details are wonderful.Have a nice weekend!
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-06 15:16]

Hi Subhash,

I only get to see sparrow and doves on telephone wires :-) This Shrike is such a pretty bird. A beautiful capture of him posing on the tip of the branch. I love his eye mask and wings. Nice colors and details from head to tail.

Jane

hello Subhash

beautiful photo of the Lesser Grey Shrike, with fine POV
to show how high is perched on the tree, fine framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details, beautiful catch-light,

TFS

Asbed

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-07 3:49]

Hello Subhash,

Beautiful capture of the Grey Shrike, in a lovely pose.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Nice detailed, pleasant of colors.
Excellent composition, very well captured.

Have a nice sunday,
John.

Hello Subhash,
this one is so wonderful - I never had the chance to see this guy in nature.
Very pretty post, thanks and enjoy your day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-07 7:37]

Hi,
Fine capture of this beautiful shrike, good lighting. tfs.
nagraj.v

Dr. Subhash Ranjan,
This is the first time I see this species.
Lovely image.
Great notes too.
Mario your Indian pal from Canada.

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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2010-02-14 8:53]

Merhaba Subhash,
Cok guzel ve ilginc bir kus.Basarili orinto karesi,kutlarim
Saygilar
Gulsen

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