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Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)


Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)
Photo Information
Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-11 16:04
Viewed: 4892
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When posted, I wrote species name as Lanius excubitor - Büyük Örümcekkuşu [TR], Greater Grey Shrike [EN].
However, with respect to Tom Conzemius and Ivan Kruys's comments, true species name is Lanius minor.
Aging is easy with all white margins of the upperwing coverts. Juvenile Lesser Grey Shrike has no black front but looks like a Great Grey Shrike. Main differences are the Wingmirror restricted to the primaries (some Great grey Shrikes show only primary mirrors but these are living far North); the big stubby bill and the very long Primary projection (visible tips of the primaries in the folded wing).

Lanius minor - Karalınlı Örümcekkuşu [TR], Lesser Grey Shrike [EN] is one of the largest species of the Shrike family, Laniidae in the Western Palaearctic.

It is similar in appearance to the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor and the Southern Grey Shrike L. meridionalis. It breeds in southeastern Europe and into Asia.

This species prefers dry open lowlands, and is prominent on telephone wires.

It is slightly smaller than the Great Grey Shrike, and has a black forehead and relatively longer wings.

This medium-sized migratory passerine eats large insects, small birds, rodents and lizards. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire as a "larder".

It is a scarce vagrant to western Europe, including Great Britain, usually as a spring overshoot (Wikipedia).
In the Redlist of IUCN, it is listed as Least Concern (LC).

The photo was taken under shiny sun at the late afternoon. It was more than 35 C degree. Another pose of L. minor was posted as workshop.

Many thank to Tom and Ivan for their comments.

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Perfect capture of this shrike taking off Ahmet.
Great reaction time from your side.
Excellent sharpness and wonderful soft background color tones, movement in the wings, which does give the image a beautiful sense of action, and catch light in the eye of the bird.
A real joy to look at this image.
Just pity there is some noise/grain in the background, but that does not effect the image to much
Great work.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-11 18:35]

Hello Ahmet,
Fantastic close up of this very beautiful
bird, it has amazing colors. Great POV and composition
the photo was very hard to shot image under this circustances, but you did managed very well..
..Well Done!

"I'll Be Back"

Hi Ahmet,
Beautiful portrait great action capture
very sharp, the blurry tip of wings give the
vision of movement, well done.
Best regards/Lawhill

Wonderful moment of capture. The bird has a bat-like suspended look. Nice! Even the shutter speed embellishes the look.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-11 20:32]

Hi Ahmet, you have some blur and it's awesome. The bird is tack sharp on the body and his eye and the wings give us a fantastic sense of motion. Very nice timing on your part.

Thanks, John

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-07-11 20:50]

great in flight action capture good focus nice colors.

Çok güzel..

Hi Ahmet
Stunning picture of this flying shrike!
ID is wrong, this is a juvenile Lesser Grey Shrike. Aging is easy with all white margins of the upperwing coverts. Juvenile Lesser Grey Shrike has no black front but looks like a Great Grey Shrike. Main differences are the Wingmirror restricted to the primaries (some Great grey Shrikes show only primary mirrors but these are living far North); the big stubby bill and the very long Primary projection (visble tips of the primaries in the folded wing) which you can see on the WS picture very well.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures taken with your new lens. This one and the WS picture are GREAT.
Tfs.
Tom

Ahmet merhaba , bir süredir siteden uzak kalmıştım , çok güzel bir tür , çok nadir , görmek bile zor , başarılı bir uçuş fotoğrafı olmuş , eline sağlık .

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-12 1:46]

Hello Ahmet,
Congratulations on an excellent in-flight capture of a juvenile Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor). Tom is right with the ID.
Good sharpness, lighting and composition. The noise in the BG can easily be corrected. It is great to see another view of it in the WS.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-12 2:08]

Ahmet very nice shot and slightly out of focus due to wing speed. the eye contact is excellent. TFS Ganesh

Superb timing. DOF nicely captured.
TFS

Hello Ahmet,
It is a bit noisy but it is a beautiful image indeed.
TFS
Annick

Very nice combination of sharpness of the body and blur of the wings for this inflight bird. Excellent detail of eye with perfect glint of light. Very good composition and natural colors. There is a bit of graininess or noise that i would like to try and remove in workshop.

Ahmet Bey merhaba,
Yakaladiginiz an ve gozuneki pirilti cok guzel.
Yeni lensinizi gule gule kullanin.
Selamlar

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-16 12:38]

selam ahmet
ayni kusu bu kez dinamik bir kompozisyonla yakalamissin
iyi bir zamanlama ile bakis acisi, renkleri ozellikle goz ve gaga detayi basarili bir calisma olmus
eline saglik
selamlar
izler

slm harika hocam eline salık
mehmet

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