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Red-backed Shrike


Red-backed Shrike
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Shrikes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 4:43
Viewed: 3315
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured @ 560mm, handheld, flash, Photoshop CS2.

The Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) is a member of the shrike family Laniidae. This bird breeds in most of Europe and western Asia and winters in tropical Africa.

This migratory medium-sized passerine eats large insects, small birds, voles and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder". The general colour of the male’s upper parts is reddish. It has a grey head and a typical shrike black stripe through the eye. Underparts are tinged pink, and the tail has a black and white pattern similar to that of a wheatear. In the female and young birds the upperparts are brown and vermiculated. Underparts are buff and also vermiculated.

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Hej Ralf,
a very nice picture with lovely colours and good details.
I like the compo and POV too. the spider web is a nice bonus.
Well done.

Hi Ralf,
Nice light and colours.
Good compo.
Pity the spider is a bit soft otherwise it should have been a stunner.
Very well done after all...
TFS
Annick

Hi Ralf ,
very nice composition and beautiful colors.
great sharpness.
well captured,
thanks and regards
Saeed

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-21 6:06]

Hej Ralf,
Unusual lighting and POV in this sharp capture of a female Red-backed shrike. Interesting comp. with the cobweb. Fine Bg
TFS,
Hälsningar, Ivan

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-21 6:58]

Hello Ralf,
what a fantastic composition and great image of this shrike. The backlighting works out really well.
I have one nit: the white spot in the eye is on the lower side of the eye. Although this might be the way it just was, it looks kind of unnatural (I assume it is a flash). I would either remove it in the postprocessing stage or replace it to a higher place in the eye and reduce the size.

Best regards, Jacob

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-21 7:53]

Hi Ralf,
Very nice composition with interesting details like the spiderweb. Beautiful neutral and blurred background. Un petit bijou.
Anne

hi ralf,
nice shot,
well composed with fine pov,
very interesting shot,
tfs & regards
pankaj

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-21 9:33]

Hej Ralf,
Brilliant composition! What an enormous cob web! I like the lighting and the colours of bird and background are very nice. Clever shot!
TFS, Ulla

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-01-21 9:40]

Hi Ralf,
Nice light and colours, well composed with fine pov.
TFS
Rolf

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-21 14:46]

Hi Ralf,
What a wonderful composition with the inclusion of the dried out flower and spider web (well done in getting it so clear).I really like the low warm light that makes such lovely contrast and shadows and deep srong base colours.TFS and take care.
Regards, David

Hi Ralf

I don't know what I like best, the cute little bird who has looked back at you or the spiders web! Well done on the capture of both. TFS.

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