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Lanius minor 2
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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: 2009-09-05
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-08 2:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lanius minor Gmelin 1788
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lanius minor is a medium-sized passerine species of the family Laniidae. It is slightly smaller than the Great Grey Shrike, and has a black forehead and relatively longer wings.
It breeds in southeastern Europe and west Asia. It is a scarce vagrant to western Europe usually as a spring overshoot.
Lanius minor eats large insects, small birds and rodents. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wire. It prefers dry open lowlands, and is prominent on telephone wires.

It is a common passage migrant in Cyprus most seen in the lowlands and the coasts in April –May and August –September.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-08 2:51]

Splendid photo, like one L.excubitor young, TFS!This is also one young L.minor, not a frecvently species by us.

Fabulous, accompanied with striking impact,

This image has it all, pin sharp lovely colour. composition, well done and deserves many more accolades,

Thanks for sharing,


Ciao Christodoulus, lovely little bird on a beautiful ligthing BG, excellent sharpness, fine details and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-08 3:56]

Hello Christodoulos.
Fantastic shot of this grey Shrike. Beautiful color, sharp detail and a wonderful presentation. Love it.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodoulos. Another magnificent POV with excellente details and sharp againnst the blurred BG. The best light too.


Hallo Christodoulos,
another fantastic capture of the Lesser Grey Shrike, outstanding sharpness with incredible details, marvellous colours, excellent POV and BG, a superb composition with a graceful pose of this splendid bird
Best regards

wow, striking shrike capture, TFS Ori

Hello Christodoulos,
Very beautiful with unbelievable sharpnes and overall quality. Excellent pose of the bird. Very well captured.

Hello Christodoulos, another masterpiece, now never end to surprise, over the bird, the incredible sharpness and picture detail. I do not have adjectives to describe the quality of your photos. Just a good boy. Hello Paul

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-08 7:04]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another fantastic photo in high quality. Everything looks great. Very pleasing eye contact.

This image is a mixture between the real thing and a photo! Nothing short of Spectacular! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-08 7:31]

Wonderful portrait of this Shrike in great pose, excellent lighting and lighting with good background. tfs.

hello Christo
again a SUPER sharpness picture
great details and beaytyful colours
greeting lou

ωραίος πολύ ωραίος, σκηνή σύνθεση, τεχνικά πολύ καλή φωτό, καλή σαρακοστή Χριστόδουλε!

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful and absoluted lovely pic with this cute bird.A first class pic!
Have a nice evening.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-08 10:04]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb view of this Shrike in a nice pose with good eýe contact. Excellent sharpness and colours and I like the way you show how it clings on to the thin twig with its feet. A nice soft background and well composed too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-08 10:18]

What a perfection,my friend,but from you this is the normality and not a surprise!Fantastic light balance,details,sharpness,colors and composition.Very very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Christodoulos,
perfect sharpness, amazing colours. Suitable background. My English is not perfect so I do not have enough words to tell you what I think.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Christodoulos,
Fantastic capture.
sharpness and BG are wonderfoul and composition is excellent.
Thanks for sharing

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-03-08 13:10]

Hi Christodoulos,
Very good photo, clarity, color and composition are great.
Congratulations, regards,

Hello Christodoulos

Great close-up photo of this species of shrike,
fine POV, beautiful light, great focus sharpness
and details, beautiful bokeh of the background,
expressive and beautiful eye-contact,
the catch-light always render the photo more better,



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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-08 14:17]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a great photo of this Lanius minor in nice pose,excellent sharpness,colors and wonderful composition.TFS.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-03-09 6:58]

Wonderful picture, good light, definition, composition I like it. In spanish its name is "Alcaudón". Congratulations.

Hello Christodoulus,

what an amzing image from you.
Suburp sharpness, pov and framing in the picture.
Exellent egal bg.
Fine colors.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-09 12:53]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb portrait of Lanius minor in its first year.
The POV is perfect fot the pose and taken with excellent sharpness, lighting, DOF and natural colours that make contrast well against the neutral BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Excelente captura de esta bella ave que yo aún no conocía.
Preciosos colores y un excelente control de la luz.
Eres muy buen fotógrafo Christodoulos.

Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Christodoulos,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The pont of view is showing the details and colors of the Lesser Grey Shrike. the blurry background is putting in evidence the bird. the morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Super macro, nothing interferes with the bird image. Wonderful bird portrait.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-03-13 10:06]

Hi Chris!
Perfect portrait of Lanius, captured with perfect focus and superb details of the plumage.
Beautiful play of lights and shadows. Fabulous BG!
The composition is accurate, as usual.
Congratulations my friend.
ciao! Vanda

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