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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: 2015-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-11 13:26
Viewed: 723
Points: 20
[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.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-11 15:58]

Hi Marius,magnificent composition and great quality despite the distance,a beautiful way to show us this small shrike,not an elegant pose but it was impossible to make different..ehehe...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hello marius
superb shot! the whote image is well detailledand the composition is excellent
Have a good night

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-06-12 0:44]

Hello Marius,
a very beautiful bird,thanks and regards..

hallo Marius
very nice picture on the rose tree
good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

good shot, as they are not easy to approach. Thanks for showing

Bonjour Marius,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une bonne composition.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-06-12 19:59]

Hello Marius,
Your little Red Backed Shrike looks quite content surveying the landscape from it's high tree top perch. Focus is sharp and exposure is great, especially considering the bright sunlight you had to deal with. Colors are natural and you obtained good DOF. Wonderful eye contact with a bit of catchlight. Cute black half mask. Well done!!

Hello Marius,
Beautiful picture of this Shrike in its habitat. Against blue sky it's looking nice. Good sharpness and nice color.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Week end,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-06-15 1:56]

Hi Marius,
Another great image. Very good composition,amazing natural colors and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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