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Red-backed Shrike male

Red-backed Shrike male
Photo Information
Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-07-06 3:49
Viewed: 3498
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a male Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio).

He was flipping his tail up and down and occasionally spreading it in this way while making ‘tcheck’ noises to warn us to keep away from his fledglings that his partner was feeding in the bushes nearby.

This was taken on Swedish military training area not far from where we live. Though tanks and other vehicles tear up the ground there are no pesticides and sheep graze the area, which encourages a good biological diversity

Sadly the Red-backed Shrike is declining drastically both in Sweden and Europe as a whole and in the UK it is practically extinct. This is partly due to loss of the open bushy habitat that it requires and the severe reduction of larger insects owing to pesticides, herbicides and habitat loss.

It overwinters in tropical Africa where conditions have also deteriorated for migrant birds.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 12 meters and is fairly heavily cropped. After size reduction the image was sharpened and selective noise reduction was carried out

The remaining softness and noisy bits are due to the distance and heavy cropping.

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Great bird image Ivan.
Composition, sharpness and exposure are superb.
Light and soft BG color tones are most wonderful.
What a great joy to look at an image like this.
Perfect work.
Have a nice weekend.
Kindest regards, Harry

Hi Ivan.
Ditto to everything Harry has said. Composition is superb. Wonderful image.

New Zealand

Hola Ivan,
Una bonita captura por la composición, nitidez luz y la belleza del modelo, TFS, que disfruteis de un buen fin de semana. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Ivan

Lovely capture of the bird in a superb posture. The light creates a wonderful atmosphere in the picture.


Nice shot, good DOF. I noticed the noise around the periphery of the Shrike, its not noticeable till you look close.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-06 4:20]

Hola Ivan,
What a smart bird in a so nice pose! I like it.
TFS, José M.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-06 4:22]

Hi Ivan

A lovely image with great POV. The focus and colour are excellent.

A couple of weeks ago I was staying on the north Norfolk coast and was woken up at 5.30 by twitchers who had come to see a Red-Backed Shrike which had turned up there!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-06 4:22]

Hi Ivan,
an exceptional capture.
Excellant DOF and POV.
Well done,

Hi Ivan
Beautiful portrait, super well composed
great colors, and perfect focus,
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hello Ivan,
What a cute capture! This is so nice with a beautiful specie, priceless pose, great details, exposure and colors. This green blurred BG is perfect and you did a superb composition. This is very well done (even if they are still some noisy spots around the bird ;) ! Thanks,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-06 5:20]

Hi Ivan,
Composition, pose and POV is very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-06 5:20]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful capture of this red-backed shrike.POV,blurred BG,framing,clear eyes,pose and bird and composition are excellent.

Hello Ivan,
I like the composition and the attractive pose!
Fine details in the plumage and the colours are bright and natural...
The little fellow looks really good on that dry branch!
Pablo -

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-06 5:35]

Hi Ivan
what a lovely pose you captured.
Nice POV&GOOD perch it got.TFS

Hi Ivan,
Nice photo and composition. Postprocessing is still evident as you say in your notes. There is a line around the bird and the branch its on seperating it from the background but it doesnt really matter.
Good photo,

Hi Ivan ,

A lovely pic with great composition , and i would say this is PIC perfect. Love the BG, POV and the details you are able to get in this pic.

Amazing and TFS,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-06 7:11]

Hi Ivan,

This is as close to perfection as one can get! A beautiful bird in a fantastic pose with excellent colors and details. Wonderful lighting and background and a beautiful composition.


Great composition - I love these simple shots without extraneous stuff to draw attention away from the subject. Good shot!

Hello Ivan
Very nice shot of this Red-backed Shrike,
Perfect details,compo and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hi Ivan,
this is a great shot of törnskatan with lovely light, beautiful colours and good details.
The DOF is perfect, the whole bird within focus and the BG nicely OOF, the bird standout well.
I like the compo and POV too.
Great work.

Den häe har du verkligen lyckats med. Grattis.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-06 10:55]

Hello Ivan
Very nice image.Everything is good ,colors,sharpnes,POV and BG.I also like the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-06 12:10]

Hello Ivan,
Great composition and exposure of the bird. The photo is sharp with a good contrast against the BG. The noise around the bird and branch is a bit disturbing.

Hello Ivan,
Good light, well composed, great BG.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-06 12:44]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice bird you have captured here. I like that he is sitting on the end of the branch. Nice pose of your model with his tail up in the air.
As you said some noise but still nice to look at.
TFS Paula

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-06 14:30]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice capture of this beautiful species of shrike I have not seen. I have a great difficulty with these very flighty birds, thanks for sharing Ivan.

Very nicely done Ivan.
Great lighting and the BG is very nice.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-07 0:24]

Hi Ivan,
I feel so honoured to be your neighbour today as does feel my butterfly to have this beautiful Shrike as its neighbour. Immaculate sharpness with lovely colours. The neautral BG looks so special and highlights the subject so well. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-07 3:33]

Oh Ivan, how cute! He's a litle darling and especially standing there on the end of the twig. For a long distance and heavy crop he still looks great,

Hi Ivan, splendid bird with wonderful details, excellent blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-07 8:03]

Ivan, very very nice shot and excellent POV Ganesh

What a nice capture Ivan. Excellent pose with details, sharpness, bird's position, BG. You present it very nice. Have a nice weekend. Ahmet

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-07 14:34]

Hello Ivan

This week has been hectic,so I am just marking this photo for now and will visit it again soon.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-08 4:54]

hello Ivan,
Very fine and subtle picture of this Lanius collurio. The decentred composition is excellent, the colour of the background ideal. Very pleasant picture for the eyes.
best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-08 11:59]

Hi Ivan.
These days I have taken few shots of this amazing bird and agree with you and your opinion concerning bird tail's work. Superb shot of this beautiful attractive bird as well as the superb is the BG. Bravo and my best wishes.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-07-19 21:22]

Hello Argus,
The first thought that camre to my mind when I saw this shot in your gallery was "WOW!".This is a beautiful shot.And the way you have composed it is excellent. The Pose of the bird and the soft color tone sin the background are wonderful. I am adding this to my favourites.
TFS, Smitha.

hej ivan!
grattis till en mycke fin bild
pĺ en riktig skönhet!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-23 9:45]

Hello Ivan, that's a very nice bird picture, I like dynamic pose of the bird. Great compoition and very shrp image. A bit of noise around the subject that I think you forgot ;-) Great background, thanks.


Hi Ivan. In animal kingdom, the word pretty deserved to be labeled to male. This male shrike is as beautiful as the capture and composition. The perch at the tip of the branch is really neat with the tail up. Sharp details eliminating all the busyness around the subject. Well crafted shot and very well done. Have a wonderful week ahead and best regards to you and Ulla. Jusni

Hello Yvan

Excellent photo of the male Red-backed Shrike,
fine POV and framing, beautiful light coming to
the bird, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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