RED BACKED SHRIKE
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|RED BACKED SHRIKE - (LANIUS COLLURIO)|
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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- [2017-12-13 4:32]
Hi Marius,another magnificent capture,this time with a lovely and colorful blurred background too! A very sharp watch on this shrike in a perfect pose too,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
- [2017-12-13 9:27]
Beautiful photo in good sharpness, great DOF and nice natural colours. Pleasing eye contact and composition.
Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful lighting BG, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors,very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
This is beautiful capture. The great DOF makes this image stand out. Wonderful natural colors & splendid sharpness.
Stunningly beautiful image of this Shrike, Marius!
The dorsal view gives perfect details and colours on the bird.
Well done and thanks!
- [2017-12-17 19:15]
Fantastic shot of this beautiful Red Backed Shrike. The focus is tac sharp revealing incredible detail and lovely colors. Excellent eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight visible. Great work!!