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Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-05 2:34
Viewed: 2900
Points: 44
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Taken handheld in a car by riverbank.

The Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) is a bird in the shrike family that is found mainly in Asia. It is closely related to the Red-backed Shrike (L. collurio) and Isabelline Shrike (L. isabellinus). Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black "bandit-mask" through the eye. and is found mainly in open scrub habitats, where it perches on the tops of thorny bushes in search of prey. Several populations of this widespread species form distinctive subspecies which breed in temperate Asia and migrate to their winter quarters in tropical Asia. They are sometimes found as vagrants in Europe and North America.

This shrike is mainly brown on the upper parts and the tail is rounded. The black mask can be paler in winter and has a white brow over it. The underside is creamy with rufous flanks and belly. The wings are brown and lack any white "mirror" patches. Females tend to have fine scalloping on the underside and the mask is dark brown and not as well marked as in the male. The distinction is not easy to use in the field but has been tested with breeding birds in Japan where the female can be identified from the presence of a brood patch. The use of multiple measurements allows discrimination of the sex of about 90% of the birds. Subspecies lucionensis has a grey crown shading into the brown upperparts and the rump appears more rufous than the rest of the upperback. The tail is more brownish and not as reddish as in the Red-backed Shrike.Younger birds of lucionensis have brown crown and lacks the grey on the head. Supspecies superciliosus has a broad white supercilium and richer reddish crown. The tail is redder and tipped in white.
A number of confusing forms are known from central Asia where the populations of cristatus, isabellinus and collurio overlap. The taxonomy has been in a state of flux and some forms such as phoenicuroides formerly considered as subspecies of L. cristatus have been moved to the species L. isabellinus. Subspecies lucionensis has been recorded interbreeding with superciliosus in Ishikawa, Japan while superciliosus has interbred with Lanius tigrinus in central Japan.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-11-05 2:37]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent photo of this Brown Shrike in an attractive frontal pose with eye contact. Good sharpness, DOF and blurry background. Nice composition.

Hello Foozi,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
光線亮麗 神態非常可愛
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Foozi

Everything is just so perfect about this photo right from the perch, light, exposure and sharpness. Nicely done.


Hello Foozi,
This is very beautiful capture.What a nice bird.Perfect pose.Well captured.Very good sharpness and light with splendid details.Very nice BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-05 6:29]

Hello Foozi,
Interesting bird-picture. The pose of the Brown Shrike is perfect, I love its vivid eye. Perfectly composed and a good framing too. Lovely!
Kind regards

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-11-05 6:45]

Merhaba Foozi,
beutiful bird,excellent capture species,regards..

Hi Foozi,
nice portrait. Very good point of view. Perfect sharpness on the object. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

  • darik47 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 26] (815)
  • [2013-11-05 8:13]

Dobre, świetna ostrość i kolorystyka, jak dla mnie trochę dziwne proporcje kadru

hallo Foozi
this is a super sharpness picture with nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeitng lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-05 9:22]

HI Foozi,beautiful lanius in pose only for you and your camera like a movie star..ehehe..very nice pic whit the usual spectacular quality,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-11-05 11:50]

Hello Foozi.
The pose and POV are very good. Nice colours and good details.
I like the DOF too, it makes the bird stands out well from the green BG.
Great work.Regards Siggi

Hello Foozi,

You're capturing well this bird by a good composion, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the cute bird with lovely shape and soft colors. It's also impressive in black belt around eue and short bill.

Kind regards,

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2013-11-05 12:08]

Well taken and well presented image.
Accurate focus and point of view.
Beautiful light and colour.

Ciao Fozi, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry Bg, superb sharpness, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Super shot Foozi!
This juvenile shrike was in perfect pose for you. Great sharpness and details. Green color in the background is so lively.Thanks for this lovely presentation,
Best Regards,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-11-06 8:34]

Very good picture with great sharpness and presentation. Congratulation. Saludos.

salam alaikum akhi Foozi
what a beautiful model and its great shot. It gave a special pose to you. Greenish BG and focus very nice as like composition and colors.
Thanks for sharing this beauty. Well done

Great photo Foozi! Beautiful pose, excellent composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.

Hi Foozi,
This is great. Even through car window, sharpness is excellent, such as all other technical details. Lights are fabulous and the composition's abolutely pleasant with eye contact with the beautifully posing shrike. Second to none image in my opinion. Bravo!
Best regards, László

Hello Foozi,
Lovely picture and nice detalis.

Bonjour Foozi
Tu nous offres de magnifiques photos d'oiseaux.
la netteté et la lumičre sont superbes
Merci et bon dimanche

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-11-11 17:00]

Hello Foozi,
I must say this image is so crystal clear I could almost swear the bird is sitting right beside me. What a beautiful little Brown Shrike which posed perfectly for your lens. The detail is incredible and just look at those big brown eyes with just a glint of catchlight. Awesome shot Foozi!!

Hello Foozi

WOW ! great close-up photo of the Brown Shrike with very fine POV
and appropriate vertical framing, lovely lateral light, great focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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