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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: 2007-08-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-17 2:43
Viewed: 2887
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On Tuesday we went blackberry picking at the local military shooting range, an area full of wildlife and an excellent habitat for the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio).

When I heard the typical 'tcheck' sounds I looked up to see this juvenile on a bare twig that was clearly used as a regular look out perch by the shrike family. The most used part of the twig must have been higher up, judging by the white mark caused by droppings.

It is worth remembering that birds, like reptiles and amphibians have only one cloacal opening or waste passage and the urine part is in the form of a white paste, which in fledgelings is wrapped up in a foecal sac together with the faeces. This enables the parents to easily carry both urine and faeces away from the nest. In adult birds the foecal sac virtually disappears.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 12 meters with the camera hand-held. The image was cropped by about 50 % and after size reduction, sharpened.

haraprasan, Juyona, vanderschelden, marhowie, Silke, jmirah, ellis49, go2stones, nglen, Necipp, jmp, jaycee, Luis52, gannu, MMM has marked this note useful
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bonjour ivan
belle présentation de ce petit oiseau, belles couleurs qui ressortent bien dans ce ciel bleu
bravo, merci du partage, amitiès

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful bird. I love the composition with blue background. Very good details and POV. Excellent photography. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan
Very intersting shot of this Red-backed Shrike
Great focusing,DOF and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-17 3:57]

Hola amigo,
magnífico retrato y sensacional pov,
bello bg.
plumaje y nitidez excelente,

Hello Ivan

Good shot of this young shrike
The angled branch has allowed you to create a good composition
The shrike contrasts well agains the blue sky background.
Great sharpness even after 50% reduction.


Hello Ivan,
The juvenile will probably be somewhat embarrassed seeing this image..
Well done

Hello Ivan,
An excellent composition and POV here.
Very good DOF, color, exposure, and sharp detail. I like the slightly grey/blue color of the BG sky also.
Very well done.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-17 7:39]

Very interesting notes!
superb capture too: excellent pose, colours, details, and composition

hello ivan,
very nice capture, liked the pov and the composition, sharp image, lovely colours, sky makes a fine bg here,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Ivan,
Nice photo of an interesting young bird. Outstanding composition and exposure. The detail and color are magnificent. Very well captured.


Hej Ivan,
a very nice picture of törnskatan.
Good sharpness, fine details and exposure.
The DOF is also good, the bird standout well against the sky.
Well done.

Jag var ute i blåsvädret och letade efter törnskator,
men hittade inga men huggormar, de tycks vara väldigt vanliga i år.

Great focus and composition in front of a perfect background. Interesting expression on the bird. Well done.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-17 12:35]

Hi Ivan,
Just marking this shot for now and will come back with a proper critique. Hopefully my system trouble is over.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-17 12:47]

Hi Ivan. I love the name you have given the posting. very good fine detail. with sharp focusing. good naturel colours . a very nice pose it has given you. well done for capturing this one. TFS. good notes too.
You have have a good weekend.

Hello Ivan superb sharpness and detail lovely light and beautifull pose captured, perfect diagnol composition tfs rgds Necip.

hi ivan,
a very easy and fantastic diagonal composition !
outstanding sharpness and The perfect light.
these natural colours against the clear pale-blue BG give this shot a special, hush ambiance.
TFS - carole

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-17 14:08]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent capture with a perfect composition, great details, outstanding pose and pov and a beautiful light.
TFS, José M.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-17 14:28]

Hi Ivan,
a good shot of this Shrike.
Sharp and detailed.
A great POV.
Well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-17 15:26]

Hi Ivan,

Lovely capture of this young Shrike. Love your title! The composition is very simple and very beautiful. Nice colors and details and a cute pose.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-17 19:15]

Hola Sr. Ivan. Me agrada mucho ver sus bellas fotos, y tambien poder leer sus Notas que son muy interesantes para mi. Esta foto es muy nitida y con una pose exelente. Bello el fondo y los colores del plumaje. saludos Luis52.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-17 21:15]

Ivan, Well I am not sure who did what but you have managed to shoot this brilliantly. Ganeh

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-18 9:31]

Hello Ivan, great shot of this new bird to me. Very good composition, very sharp and well exposed. Thanks,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-19 18:15]

Hello Ivan
Beautiful composition
The details in the plumage are very sharp.Colors and POV are excelent.I really like the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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