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Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris

Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-11
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-30 11:06
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Points: 34
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Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris Cassin, 1852 (Steppe Grey Shrike)

The Steppe Grey Shrike it is a bird of central Asia which very often visits Europe and the Middle East.
In Cyprus this bird is an accidental visitor with less than 10 sightings.
The bird in the photo visited the Paphos area (western Cyprus) this November.

The victim is a lizard Acanthodactylus schreiberi (family Lacertidae). The red tail is a characteristic of young specimens or of some subadult females.

Regards, Christodoulos

zetu, CatherineD, siggi, Argus, Mikolaj, flashpoint, marius-secan, joska, petrudamsa, jusninasirun, Pitoncle, CeltickRanger, Chiza has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-30 11:15]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic photo of this Steppe Grey Shrike with prey. Splendid light and colours in superb sharpness and details. Taken from a very good POV with eye-contact. Beautiful blue sky in the BG. Great composition.

Χριστόδουλε γεια σου,
Υπέροχη φωτογραφία με το πουλί και την λεία του

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blue sky, fine details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-30 11:57]

Hello Christodoulos
Wow! Superb capture with an unknown specie for me.
Excellent details and composition
Thanks for sharing

Geia sou Christodoule,
Very impressive shot, with this unknow bird for me and this endemic lizard as prey. The bird has a very impressive glance, as it said to you: it's my prey! I like your photo very much but I think I would have mixed feelings if I were there, because I like so much this lizard. Yes it's the law of nature! Se xairetw,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2010-11-30 12:20]

Hi Christdoulos
great picture of a rare bird in great pose with lizard
lovely tfs

Γεια σου Χριστόδουλε,

another great picture from you!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-30 12:24]

Hello Christodoulos
Very intersting shot of this Grey Shrike with prey.Great focusing,DOF and composition,Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-30 12:47]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb capture, both of the Steppe Grey Shrike and its prey!
Excellent sharpness, POV, colours, fine clear sky BG and composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Christodoulos!
Amazing bird. Fine scene and scenery. Superb capture. Good contrast and sharpness. Interesting information.
Well done!

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid capture with superb details and very good clarity.
Outstandind composition. Razor sharp details and excellent POV.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-30 22:37]

Splendid photo and presentation, TFS!

Great action shot, caught in finest details. Interesting how the bill of the bird looks to be fitted for eating seeds, yet they hunt lizards... (?)

Cheers, Petru

This is another excellent capture of fine looking bird, Christodoulos.
The details and the perch are so beautiful.
You have done well with the lenswork against the blue sky.
Thanks and kind regards,

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Agréable publication, restituant une belle scène de la vie sauvage sous une bon angle de prise de vue, d'une part par l'excellente opposition du sujet sur l'arrière plan et d'autre part par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Wow! This is the sort of shot we all dream of!You had to be very quick to catch it, and technically it is prefect.

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! you was at the best place the best time
to shoot this photo of the Shrike with a prey
lizard in its claw, with very fine POV,
wonderful light, the catch-light rendering
the eye-contact more beautiful, great focus,
sharpness, and details, I have missed this
photo from your beginnings on TN, TFS


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-01-29 9:02]

Hola Christodoulos, excelente foto de esta bella ave, me encanta la luz, color, fondo y entorno, pero sobre todo el plus de la Lagartija en su pata...saludos.

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