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Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
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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: 2007-04-14
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
Theme(s): BIRDS of CYPRUS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-13 11:27
Viewed: 5209
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As the Woodchat Shrike is a very rare visitor to Sweden it is one of the most desirable species in my country. But as it nests in the countries around the Mediterranean, having spent the winter in tropical Africa most Northern Europeans have to be content to travel south to see it.

We had the luck to come across this male hunting insects in Western Cyprus after its arrival from the south. Most probably it is on its way to Turkey to breed but some do stay in Cyprus during the summer.

Once again we found this individual in the Paphos lighthouse area, not only famous for its Roman ruins but for many species of birds of passage.

This shot was fairly heavily cropped as the distance from the hand-held camera was about 10 meters. Noise reduction was carried out on the BG using Gaussian blur in my Photoshop 4.

demeve, falke, volkan, ramthakur, wallhalla15, izler, cicindela, fartash, MMM, marcin, Hil, Juyona, jcoowanitwong, smitha, metcher, star74, Miss_Piggy, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-13 11:36]

Hello Ivan, what a nice picture of this Shrike, the collors and details are amazing, very sharp too you did a fantastic job..well done..

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-13 11:42]

This is a very good photo of Lanius senator (Rödhuvad törnskata). I wish we will get the opportunity to see it here in Sweden some day.

Great composition and technical treatment as you made a heavy crop. You even got a small sparkle in the eye.


Great sharpness and colours..

TFS Greetz Kristy

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-05-13 13:26]

Hi Ivan,
Great shot
Beautiful colors and sharpness
I like blue background alot
Well done

This is indeed a prize shot of this passing visitor you happened to come across in Cyprus, Ivan.
A great first-time look at an exotic bird for me too :-) -- after all those rather familiar ducks and drakes!
The plumage of this beautiful migrant bird is very well captured in this picture. What lovely colours!
Thanks and regards.

HI Ivan,
a beautiful shot of this nice bird, I like the pose, to see it from the backside and this wonderful blue sky, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Iva,
very good shot. Great POV(DOF, very good framing and great sharpness, Very nice bg and beautiful colours. This is a very nice composition. Thank you.

Hi Ivan, splendid bird in inusual pose with wonderful light and colors, fascinating contrast with blu sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-13 15:09]

Hi Ivan,
Tne visitor even if at distance looks ready to pose for you. Interesting PoV and the Bg sky colour 're good. Those details on the plumage are presented well.
TFS & Cheers

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-13 15:29]

selam ivan
well close-up working on this cute woodchat shrike that is giving nice pose to you
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, details, plain framing, note and pp working
thanks for sharing

Hi Ivan!
I have to say, that after your earlier presentation of bird species from Cyrprus I decided to pay much more attention of birds from this region :)
This picture has really nice composition with interesting POV and good details. As always I read a lot from your note :)
TFS and... I am waiting for the next photo! :)

Hello Ivan
What a great shot of this Woodchat Shrike,
fantastic colors and composition,
Great sharpness and BG,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-13 16:57]

Hi Ivan
Excellent capture .Sharp image with nice colors.
Beautiful sky colors as a BG.Also nice POV.
TFS Michel

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-13 16:59]

Hi Ivan,
Great shot

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-13 17:11]

Hi Ivan,

Great shot of the Shrike, Its a great POV and I really like the pose with the head turned to one side, the detail is excellent and great colours with a lovely Blue Sky BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Ivan. This is a good capture and the photo has great color saturation. I'm wondering if you used a tripod. I would expect that lens to be a bit sharper considering you had bright light. Perhaps it is a resolution issue. Did you crop it much? It is obvious on my monitor that when you blurred the noise you didn't get close to the subjects. There is a kind of rough halo around the sticks and bird.

Evelynn : )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-13 18:00]

Hola Ivan,
original pov,
bello plumaje,
el cielo espléndido...
bello trabajo,

Nice note and a lovely bird. TFS, have not seen this one before.

Hello Ivan,
Nice work even after heavy cropped. Nicely composed and well seen image. Color contrast is great.

Hello Ivan , perfect portrait , colors and comp. excellent , TFS.

Hello Ivan,
This is a very nice specie Yvan and I can understand that you were pleased to see it... I like this pose you captured with nice colors, exposure and composition. This is very well done! Thanks,

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful picture of Wood chat Shrike. Was it posing for you? Good details and the sky in the background really adds to the beauty of the picture.
TFS, Smitha.

Good capture Ivan
I like the pose.
Shapness is good and the blue sky hightlights the bird well.
I can't get over how many species you and Ulla captured while on your holiday, excellent stuff.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-14 10:18]

Hi Ivan,

You mean you have to go to Cyrpus for blue skies??? I'll be more than happy to send you ours - it gets to be too much!
Lovely shot of this beautifully colored bird. Cute pose and lovely details.

Whoops - used up my smiles. Tomorrow.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-15 16:42]

Hi Ivan,
Impressive capture for the condition you describe. Wonderful pose and good details.
TFS, José M.

Hi, Ivan.
Nice bird in interesting pose. Good exposure and sharpness. Looks great against blue sky.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-05-23 15:09]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful capture of this Shrike.
Nice colors of the plumage.
The sharpness and POV are marvellous.
I like blue background alot.
Well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-25 4:30]

Hi Ivan,
a great shot with a brilliant DOF and BG.
Well done,

Hallo Ivan
What a handsome bird, I came across it going through your portfolio. At the time you posted this one I have not yet been part of Trek Nature but now I am glad I stumbled across it at this moment. You captured this fine looking bird in a wonderful pose showing off his nice profile, the beautiful colours and finely detailed plumage. The pose against the very blue sky is excellent, and the combination of colours is great. All the best for 2009 and thanks for your valuable input on the site in the past.
Best regards.

Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up shot of this rare species of
Shrike in your country as you wrote, fine POV,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, and contrast,
the very small catch-light enhance the photo so high
by rendering it more beautiful, TFS


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