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Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) (32)
|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.
|Altered Image #2|
|I used a filter called Lotus Illumination Fix Toolkit to give the subject a bit of light, and darken the background. In Photoshop I did a bit of reduce noise.|
|Altered Image #1|
PhotoStudio 5.5 Despeckle
|I used the Arc Soft PhotoStudio program that came with my Canon Rebel. I traced around the edges of the bird, did an invert selection, and used the despeckle filter on the background. Not a big difference, but hopefully a little.|