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Masked shrike

Masked shrike
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Copyright: Alper Oztutar (twin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-02 6:17
Viewed: 3787
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lanius nubicus.
This photo is taken today early in the morning.
Masked Shrikes are smaller, slimmer and longer-tailed than other shrikes and the adults are strikingly black and white with orange flanks. The juveniles start off looking like slim, Woodchat Shrikes but with a smaller bill and more obvious dark face mask and grey plumage. However, they quickly develop the white forehead of the adults which makes them easy to identify.
Breeds in stands of scattered trees and tall bushes including olive groves, orchards and even gardens.
Very rare in Greece, although it can be found near the Avas (Avandas) Gorge and on the island of Lesbos. It is, however, much more numerous in south and west Turkey where it is literally a back-garden bird found in many orchards and olive-groves.

Estimates vary widely from 600-2,000 breeding pairs restricted to a small region covering Greece and Bulgaria. Up to 50,000 pairs also breed in Turkey.

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very good picture, but it is not masked shrike, it is red-backed shrike (lanius collurio) male ;)

bu bir erkek kızıl sırtlı örümcekkuşu :)

A really good capture of this shrike, Alper.
wonderful detail, lighting, color, and POV. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-05-02 8:47]

Good shot Alper, the details and sharpness is fine, but as Kazım wrote this is a red-backed shrike (male). you can also clear the disturbing grains on the blue sky with neat image. All the best,

Very nice shot Alper.
It's little to much sharpening.
Good colours, nice pose and well composed.
Well done.

Very nice shot
A litle bit noise into the blue.
I've the same problem with my D70

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-05-02 15:49]

This is gorgeous! I love Shrikes and this is one we don't have in the US. Super capture!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-02 16:41]

Nice sharp shot. Well contrasted against the beautiful blue sky. Pity the leaf hides a bit of the wing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-03 0:31]

Beautiful capture of this shrike, Alper. The details are so sharp. The exposure is perfect, and the composition is very pleasing. Great job!

Kızıl sırtlı çok net ne güzel bir kompozisyonda fotoğraflanmış.Tebrikler..

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-11 6:13]


Perfect picture with a fantastic BG (the blue sky is very nice as contrast). Details are sharp, composition & pose are very good, colors are great. Excellent POV & DOF. TFS!


Ps- sorry ... almost forgot to give you the points! ;)

Nice post, very good details and pose. Great colours too. I like the composition, although I would crop a bit on the right, but only personal opinion. Thanks!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-05-12 23:21]

Beautiful shot!!!Good details&good POV.

Well, this is another kind of "Zorro-Bird" - and another beauty ;-))
Great capture with good sharpness, colours and DOF. Nicely set off against the blue sky. I think I'd clone out the oof branch running from the bottom towards top right if I were you.

Beautiful capture of this shrike. Great colours too. Well done.

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