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    I was totally captivated by these birds on a recent Galapagos trip. They fly fast and it's a challenge to capture them in flight large enough in the frame to be useful. They have striking plumage on their upper sides and I'll post one of those later, but I like this one, and the white feathers have a kind of translucent look. They aren't translucent, it's just the light. Canon 7DII, Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L ISII at 400 mm; manual exposure, 1/5000 at f/6.3, ISO 400.

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    Hi David. Good to see someone with the same camera/lens combo as me. This is quite a striking shot. I like the clarity, wing and tail detail and the background colour. There appears to be some blown highlights on the body and above the eye. Thank you for sharing.
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    This is a species that is very high on my lifetime list of birds to get. They re just so majestic looking with that bright red beak and that long tail. One of these guys banking, with a fish in it's beak, and with a Frigate bird right on his butt is etched in my mental hard drive. One day!
    This looks great as we don't get to see these guys to often, especially close up. I don't mind the whites at all and they look about right to me as they are white and not greyed out.
    The pose isn't to bad but if the head weren't intersecting the wing, it would be better. The main thing I see right away is the water color and the noise in it.
    I know the water can be very blue, and this might be close to what it was, but I would select the blue channel in "hue/saturation" and lower it by quite a bit. Then a good NR round or two depending on your software. Very nice capture
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    Hi David, looking forward to a repost, what a bird! TFS

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    Thanks, Ann. Not a repost but a different shot of a different bird; will post later tonight or tomorrow.

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    Thanks, David. I appreciate the comments and advice.

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    Beautiful shot but all the colours look a little saturated, possibly the contrast is a little high also, I look forward to a repost if you are inclined.

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    Thank you, Jonathan and all. Let me think about the comments and do some adjusting. If I really like any newer version I'll re-post.

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