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Yellow-billed shrike

Yellow-billed shrike
: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1330] (10711)
: Animals
: 2012-02-25
: Birds
: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400
: 2012-03-21 2:34
: 2980
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In the garden of the Senegambia Beach hotel in Gambia there are many, many yellow-billed shrikes.
The Yellow-billed Shrike (Corvinella corvina) is a small passerine bird in the shrike family. It is sometimes known as Long-tailed Shrike but this is to be discouraged since it invites confusion with the Long-tailed Shrike, Lanius schach, of tropical southern Asia.

The Yellow-billed Shrike is a common resident breeding bird in tropical Africa from Senegal east to Uganda and locally in westernmost Kenya. It frequents forest and other habitats with trees.

The nest is a cup structure in a bush or tree into which four or five eggs are laid. Only one female in a group breeds at a given time, with other members providing protection and food.

The Yellow-billed Shrike is 18cm long with a long tail and short wings. The adult has mottled brown upperparts and streaked buff underparts. There is a brown eye mask and a rufous wing patch, and the bill is yellow. Sexes are similar, but immatures show buff fringes to the wing feathers.

This is a conspicuous and gregarious bird, always seen in groups, often lined up on telephone wires. It is noisy, with harsh swee-swee and dreee-too calls.

The Yellow-billed Shrike feeds on insects which it locates from prominent look-out perches in trees, wires or posts.

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Good morning Zeno
Great capture! Wonderful POV and pose,marvelous warm colors and great sharpness.Well done!
Thanks again,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2012-03-21 8:44]

Hallo Zeno,
Tjonge zeg, weer zo'n bijzondere foto. Prachtig van scherpte en erg mooi van kleur. Super compositie en die achtergrond is weer schitterend. Ben nu al benieuwd naar de volgende.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 797 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-03-21 10:03]

Hi Zeno
very nice souvenir from your beach hotel ;-)

Bonjour Zeno,
Agrable valorisation du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Another impressive photo of an impressive bird Zeno! Excellent composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colors and great sharpness!

Hi Zeno,
Very nice picture of this yellow billed shrike with great details & sharpness.
Taken from a good POV with good eye contact. Well done & TFS.

Hello Zeno,
beautiful photography, great sharpness and POV.
Thanks for sharing, hello Vanni

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