Here’s a simple portrait of a Brown Shrike, a common and widespread migrant, showing the delicate feather detail of its back. This one was a male (the female has barring on breast and flank).
It would’ve been more exotic sounding to say that I saw this in a remote location after travelling and hiking many hours, but I actually captured this photo in my garden.
The bird’s habit of perching at a conspicuous spot for extended periods was perfect for a fully manual focusing and exposure technique, a necessary workflow when shooting 1120 mm with AF not workable. The subject was in the shade, while the out-of-focus grasses in the background were illuminated by an overcast sky. With a total length of 7-1/2 inches, the bird is slightly larger than lifesize when viewed with 96 dpi screens. The Sigmonster’s image quality impresses, even with a 1.4x TC!
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus, migrant, male)
Habitat – Common in all habitats at all elevations.