Fledgling shrike up close and personal

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  1. Arkanjel Imaging

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    This baby shrike was cutting his wings today. He let me get within 5 feet before flitting off into the Mahogany. Enjoy!

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  2. Rere

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    Nice! I'd crop some of the top grass from 2 and 3. His coloring in 2 looks a bit purple.
     
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    Nice sharp pis; I like #4 the best due to the eye clarity. I agree with the cropping advice by Rere.
     
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    "Wow, what a cool little bird," says I.

    So I go look it up.

    "Shrikes are known for their habit of catching insects, small birds, or mammals and impaling their bodies on thorns. This helps them to tear the flesh into smaller, more conveniently-sized fragments, and serves as a cache so that the shrike can return to the uneaten portions at a later time.[2]"

    OMFG I'm gonna have nightmares for weeks.

    :lol:

    Nice pictures, very sharp. I agree on the crop.
     
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    that small thing can do that :confused:

    that's scary mate, nice photographs, I agree with Rere about cropping some of the grass
     
  6. Arkanjel Imaging

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    Thanks guys. Ill have to try some different crops. I kind of like the bottom weighted feel but tighter might be better.

    Shrikes are really cool but nasty, cranky little birds. We have lots of them in our neighborhood. They screech and divebomb our cats incessantly.
     
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    Better watch they don't impale your cats on some loose thorns somewhere.

    Jesus.

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  8. Arkanjel Imaging

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    I dont think thats going to be an issue. Right now the score is cats: 3, shrikes: 0 (over two years.)


    Edit: a note on the varying color; there was patchy clouds and a setting sun when I shot these. Some are with a really warm, direct sun color (#2, #4). And others are completely overcast (#1, #3).


    Double edit: recropped nice and tight. Survey says?
     
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    Lovely pictures of the little bird. If you could get closer to the ground I think you would catch the bird in another angle and not from above. Think this would make the pictures even better.

    with kind regards
    Patricia
     
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    I tried. Unfortunately it was in my front yard. i.e. cars, house, etc. were in every direction.
     

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