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Tail Signals

Tail Signals
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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, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-25 1:48
Viewed: 2920
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This male shrike is using his tail as a signalling device to tell me to keep away from his children in the nearby bushes. He spreads and flicks his tail while making warning noises to keep my attention while his partner and young move to a safer place.

Though the Red-backed Shrike is still the most common species in Europe, it is sadly declining owing mostly to habibtat destruction. It requires an open bushy habitat rich in flowers, insects and small reptiles. Such habitats are being taken over by modern agriculture, forestry and human habitation.

This shot was taken with camera hand-held and against the light at a distance of about 15 meters, all of which required some PP work.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-25 2:02]

Hi Ivan,
another great shot of this Shrike.
Sharp and detailed.
Great DOF.
Only downside is the bit of noise.
Well done,

Hej Argus,
A very nice picture of Törnskatan, good sharpness and fine details.
Maybe it's a bit UE but it's not easy against the sky.
Lovely colours and well composed.
Well done.

Hi Ivan,
Excellent moment!
I like the way the tails is extended to signal you to keep away his belongings.
The exposure on the whites is spot on.
I like also the composition made against the blue sky.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-25 4:31]

salut Ivan
voici une image qui ressemble aux publications de JAYCEE, avec cette contre plongée et ce BG bleu azur. Bonne netteté et jolies couleurs.


A beautiful bird...Outstanding exposure and detail against the fantastic blue BG...Very well captured...TFS

Hello Ivan,
An excellent shot,nice moment captured by you,perfect focusing and sharpness.
I wonder how you keep hand steady at 420mm focal length,simply great.
well done.

selam ivan, wow an excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-25 6:04]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful shot of this Shrike. Superb display of its tail and the image is sharp and claer details. The blue sky as BG works wonders here in highlighting the Shrike and lovely colour tones here. I like your POv to capture this majestic pose and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

hi ivan,
nice shot of the shrike, liked the composition & the pov, the sky makes fine bg here,
tfs & regards

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful bird. Nice capture too. Very good details and composition. Very nice colors and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-07-25 7:00]
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Very nice photo of our Törnskata. I really like the pose with the spreaded tail. You also got a nice reflection in the eye. The lightning conditions seems to have been rather difficult and you have managed well in your PP work.

As you know I have the same camera and I can see traces of a problem that I have with it. This photo is only on 200 ISO and yet I can see traces of noise in it, probably because of the PP work... right? I might be over sensitive but I think I prefer a bit softer image after more nose reduction as an alternative. This noise problem is the main reason for why I am thinking about upgrading this camera....

Best regards/Bengt Falke

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-25 7:11]

Hi Ivan.
Great shot with very good details(in heavy conditions).Well captured his pose with plumage on tail.Beautiful posture on branch and very nice your POV.Fine colors on bird and pretty clean blue sky like BG.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-25 7:31]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful photo of this Shrike. Good sharpness and details. Fantastic colours and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-25 8:47]

Hi Ivan,

How interesting about the tail as a way of sending signals. You lined this up perfectly between the branches. A beautiful bird with wonderful colors and fine details. I see you have a blue sky - we don't.


Hi Ivan,
Great shot of the strike.
great colours it really stands out infront of the blue BG.
well done

Hello Ivan , excellent colors and comp. TFS.

Very beautiful capture Ivan.
Excellent note, of wich I did learn a lot, sharpness and exposure, wich was'nt easy shooting against the light.
Wonderful pose of the bird with it's tail feathers spread out.
Just a little color noise on the chest and underneath the back end, but thats just a minor flaw and must be because of the PP, lightening up that parts a bit.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful capture. Excellent timing. Nicely composed. Details, POV great. Coloration agains the blue sky very well. Good notes. Best wishes

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-26 0:38]

Hi Ivan,
The pose you captured, POV and the composition are very nice. The tail looks great. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-26 1:39]

Ivan ,you have done very well to capture the picture of this white bird against the light. the focus is perfect.Ganesh

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-26 2:41]

He looks like the Masked Bandit Ivan! And what a beautiful fanned tail he has. Good POV up the tree with the blue sky in the BG...

Hello Ivan,
Interesting note with lots of new information!
Good point of view and a fine angle on the bird, good details in the plumage and the warning behaviour comes loud and clear...
A clean, pleasant composition, attractive colours!
Pablo -

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-26 9:08]

Superb capture. Great details and colours - outstanding notes

Hi Ivan,
OK, is that a right turn signal or left ? ;)
Good detail, sharpness, color, POV, and I like this composition also. At 45 feet it's a significant crop, still looks great though.
Well done.

Hi Ivan,
A nice shot from 15 meters away. Sharp and crisp clear image. Great composition and informative note. TFS.

Belle photo de cet oiseau très jolis, bien vu pour sa queue ouvert, prise au bon moment .Amitiés Thomas
Je reviens.

Hi Ivan, lovely bird, great contrast with splendid blu sky, wonderful colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan, very nicely captured with the tail wide open like this. The bird is sharp and has struck a good pose for you. Your PP work looks good, don't know what you did, but everything looks fine from here. Great detail and colour and you even got some catch light in the eye, tough to do with the dark banding I bet.

Thanks, John

Hi Ivan,
Oh what a cute little bird..:o) Good POV and great color, love that blue sky and the stark branches he sits on . TFS

Hello Ivan,
lively and clear, well detailed and colourful presentation of that pretty, conspicuous Red-backed Shrike.
Precise camera work, remarkably good quality for such a long distance shot with PP close cropping.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-10 7:02]

Hello Ivan, it's a very good capture og this signalling bird ! :-) Very sharp image, good exposure even against the backlight, good composition and great background. Thanks,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-18 0:35]

Hello Ivan,
very sharp with stunning blue background. The composition is excellent with the tree branch cut across diagonally. What a cool bird and cool atmosphere.


Hello Ivan

Excellent photo of the behavior of this male
Red-backed Shrike with your notes explaining it,
photo shot with fine POV and framing,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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