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Red-backed Shrike juv.

Red-backed Shrike juv.
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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: 2008-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-29 2:18
Viewed: 2979
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This juvenile (Lanius collurio) can fly well though it is only about 6 weeks old. As it has not yet learnt to catch its own prey, the parents are busy looking fo large insects, amphibians and reptiles to feed it and its two siblings.

When I approached it the parents were making warning sounds both to their children and to me to keep me away and it was much more difficult to photograph them than this young individual that was only about six meters (2o ft) from my lens.

After I drew away the young made squeeling sound to be fed. You can see an adult male here

This species thrives in half open shrubby landscape rich in insects, a habitat that is threatened by urbanisation, forestry and agriculture. The result is that its numbers have drastically declined in Europe in recent years.

By about six weeks time it will have learnt to seek its own prey and will migrate south to spend the winter in the African tropics.

This image was moderately cropped and after size reduction it was sharpened.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-29 2:27]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice shot!
Lighting,BG,colors,clear details and composition are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing.
Regards Siggi

Hi Ivan,
Very good capture of young Red-backed Shrike. The pose is excellent, good composition, sharp details, nice eye contact and BG.

Ulla's resolute last word on why she can't contemplate severing links with TN kept on ringing in my mind in the last 4-5 days of my self-imposed abstinence from TN until I finally succumbed this morning and went on to post my 701st picture, Ivan.
So here I am, looking at this wonderful picture of an adorable young fellow and savouring every bit of it.
Despite distractions, you managed to get this young guy in sharp focus and immaculate detail against the wonderful blue sky.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Ivan,
splendida cattura di giovane di averla piccola, eccellente composizione con la bella posa che incrocia con il rametto e dal "dolce" impatto visivo ravvivato dal riflesso dell'occhio, ottima nitidezza, molto bello anche lo sfondo azzurro del cielo.
Grazie e complimenti.

Hi Ivan,
nice shot- great details, natural colour, good compo with bird on left.


Hello Ivan,
2 winters in a row have seen a Shrike where i live only 1 and for the longest time didn't know what it was as not common in our area.. TfS a lovely capture on this fellow..


Ivan I am puzzled..About 1/3rd of my images come out with the sky such as this in colour...and I am not at all certain it is what I really see....I did a few dozen images yesterday and many came out with this sky colour..is it normal? Not a critique but perhaps building into one depending on the answer...which is eluding me...and blue is not the only colour which seems just a tad out ...and I cannot for the life of me "fix" it in PP....There is either a factor I am missing or it is just something I am not seeing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-29 8:54]

Hello Ivan! Very nice hot of the youngster, fine composition and perfect sharpness, exposure is fantastic too, well done again, thanks!


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-29 9:03]

Merhaba Ivan,

Mavi bir artalan önünde çok güzel bir kuş fotosu olmuş. Ayrıntılar tırnak, gaga ve özellikle göz teması oldukça hoş bir izlenim uyandırıyor. Başarılı bir foto. Tebrikler.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-29 9:18]

Hi Ivan,

I love seeing all the young birds this time of year. The comparison of the juvenile and the adult is very interesting. A lovely shot of this young one in a beautiful pose. Colors, details, and composition are all superb. I see you have blue skies now too.


Hi my beloved friend Ivan,
A glorious capture of a juvenile Red-backed Shrike in a lovely POV. TFS.
Greetings from N. Cyprus,


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-07-29 11:25]

Hello Ivan,
I like to watch this species and often hear from far his voice. Superb sharpness and composition.
Regards, Pawel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-29 13:21]

Hi Ivan. This was a lucky find and getting so close to get this fine close up. You have captured the young one with fine detail in the feathers and natural colours. It stands out so well against the blue sky .I had a look at the male its a beautiful looking bird. well done TFS.

Hi Ivan

Good to see someone posting juveniles which are often plumaged quite different to the adults. A fine addition to the TN arcives.

Excellent diagonal composition
Good sharpness
good DOF and POV
Good background


Hej Ivan
Nice shot of this juvenile raptor captured with good quality and pose...

p.s. Åker hem imorgon med massor med bilder. Jag har en del med insekter och fjärilar att visa :) och få hjälp att fixa ID :)

Ciao Ivan, great diagonal composition with lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-07-30 1:06]

Very good capture! Nice composition and great sharpness

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-30 1:50]

Hello Ivan, Very nice shot with superb lighting and BG. Excellent clarity and well composed shot. Ganesh

hej ivan!
en mycke fin bild på denna skönhet!
very well done!

I really admire you work especially when it comes to birds, Ivan. This is another flawless delivery. The branch the bird perched on is very graphical with superb exposure of the plumage. The spotless blues sky in the background is really stunning. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hoy pensé en tí Ivan :-)) Ya sabes que no soy especialista en aves, pero la semana pasada localicé un nido de Caprimulgus ruficollis. Las crias están prácticamente en el suelo. Es espectacular ya que la madre aguanta encima de ellos hasta que casi estás encima de ella. Hace unos días publiqué una foto de este ave, que es la madre de esos dos polluelos, aunque entonces no había descubierto el nido aún.
Hoy hemos superado los 37ºC es esa zona, el calor hoy es aplastante !!!
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

merhaba Ivan
I am still in field trip in southern coast of Turkiye. I visit TN rarely in last days. Your last post wonderful with focus, POV, colors and eyes contact. Nicely composed. Shrikes are very photo-jenic birds. Especially this species gives great poses. You also take such a great pose. Thanks also for good notes. Best wishes my friend

hello Ivan

this is a wonderful bird, excellent image with fine POV, DOF
and framing, beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,
and a beautiful catch-light, TFS


Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this young shrike. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Very sharp and good POV photo , TFS Ivan .

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-03 9:25]

Hi Ivan.
Outstanding image of the young bird. Few bird families of the species live near my garden. However I had not opportunity to take shot from close-distance. You are luckier (and I think more skillful) photographer and managed to take an amazing shot with terrific sharpness and details. I like scene at whole a lot as well as excellent DOF and framing. Well done and TFS.

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