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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-15
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-12 22:08
Viewed: 2656
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Measuring 17 cm in length, the red-backed shrike is slightly larger than a house sparrow. Males are easily recognisable by their striking appearance. They have a bluish-grey head, black eye mask, chestnut coloured back, black tail framed with white, salmon pink underparts and a hooked black bill. Females and juveniles do not have the black eye mask of the male and are dull brown; juveniles also have bars on their back. The voice includes a harsh 'chack chack' alarm call, and males produce a sustained warble in which the songs of other bird species are copied.

The red-backed shrike breeds throughout most of Europe except for most of the northern areas, central and southern Iberia and many Mediterranean islands. It migrates via south-east Europe to tropical and southern Africa and north-west India for the winter. Formerly widespread throughout much of England and Wales, the species has undergone a drastic decline since the mid 19th century.

Red-backed shrikes once bred in a wide range of habitats, including commons, waste land, scrubby habitat and heathland.

They take a range of prey and use a variety of hunting methods. They swiftly drop onto beetles and other invertebrates dwelling on the ground, but can also chase after flying insects and catch them on the wing.
Small birds, mammals, lizards and frogs are also taken, and are killed with a sharp peck to the back of the head.In areas where extensive scrub clearance has occurred, the rate of decline has been shown to be double that which occurred in other areas.
Agricultural intensification including pesticide use may have contributed to the decline of this species by reducing prey availability.

This photo was shoot near Timis river, about 15 km from city of Timisoara, ROMANIA.

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really great image of this very nice bird
great scene of "hunt" and perfect details!



Poses an interesting bird. Wonderful composition photos. Super sharpness, very well visible details.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-12 23:43]

Hello Marius,

What a lovely moment and what a nice pose.
The bird look splendid to the camera with his food.
Fantastic colour, real a lovely picture.
Very well done.

Have a nice weekend,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-13 0:07]

Hi Marius,
Very nice capture of this red backed shrike.
Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.
Lighting,POV and natural colors are also
perfect.Excellent work!Have a nice weekend.
Thanks for posting..

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-13 0:35]

O poza de exceptie. Felicitari!

Hello Marius,
a fantastic capture of the Red-backed Shrike taken from an excellent POV in a marvellous posture, superb sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very nice composition with a very beautiful light and BG.
Have a good weekend

Wonderfull bird and great capture

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-13 1:18]

Salut Marius,
si ai prins-o cu ea inplisc ! Superba captura.
Excleneta lumina si cu un BG de top.
O zi frumoasa,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-13 1:25]

Hello Marius,
Very beautiful photo of this Red-backed Shrike. Wonderful pose with prey and eye-contact. Fantastic natural colours and superb sharpness and details. Very good OOF BG and composition.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-13 1:42]

Hello Marius.

This is a great capture of the Red backed shrikem eating its meal.
Sharpnes is splendid as the colors and the POV are.
Very well done and have a great weekend.

Gr. Hans

Hi Marius. Lovely phot of this bird. Its pose and composition are super.
Kind regards,

Ciao Marius, beautiful bird in nice eating action against a lovely blurry BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-13 4:29]

Hello Marius,
A fine capture of a male Red-backed Shrike with its grasshopper prey.
The POV is excellent and taken with superb sharpness and colours. The composition on the top of the hawthorn bush against a contrasting neutral BG is excellent too.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Ciao Marius. Very well seen this diagonal impressive pose. Excellent details and contrast against the BG. Superb lihgt.


Hi Marius,

Awesome capture of a shrike from nice POV with its prey while looking towards you with great colours, details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-13 5:16]

Good capture of the shrike with prey, rarely captured. tfs.

Hi Marius,
that's perfect - such a wonderful moment with excellent sharpness. We even can see the details of the hopper ;-)
Thanks, I like it so much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Ileana (40)
  • [2010-02-13 5:52]

Buna, Marius,
Foarte frumoasa foto: compozitie, culori detalii.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-13 6:17]

Hello Marius,
A brilliant and very well-timed capture of this Shrike carrying a big Grasshopper. I love these birds and you show this one very clearly in a fine pose. Lovely natural colours too and well composed.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Hello Marius,

An excellent close-up shot of this Red Backed Shrike with beautiful colors, details & pose.

Very nicely taken, composed & presented.

TFS & best regards.


Buna Marius,
Minunata imagine a acestei pasari cu prada in cioc. Culorile sunt naturale, detalii superbe si un fundal placut blurrat.
Numai bine,

Bonjour Marius
C'est une trčs jolie prise de vue , la pose est superbe, couleurs naturelles avec une bonne luminosité, j'aime bien le cadrage " panoramique" et le background,
Bravo et merci de partager...JP

hello Marius,
the scene and the moment is great, splendid photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Hallo Marius
My time on Trek Nature is very limited now a day and I missed out on some great images. I am glad I now have a few spare minutes to visit the gallery and I cannot pass this catching image. It has lots of values I personally appreciate in an image, and I’ll share some them. The way the Red-backed Shrike is looking towards the camera is great, the prey in its mouth is great, the catch light caught in its eye is great, the background is great, the detail of the fine feathers are great, the……a what the heck…. the whole image is just great!. Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-14 6:45]

Hello Marius.
Superb shot of the red-backed shrike.
Nicely composed shot with a good level POV and a fabulous pose with the bird and its lunch.
Nice sharp detailsLovely colours and light too.
Best regards Siggi

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