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    Although I see this species almost every year during the fall/winter time, it had been a long 8 years since I last had a "proper" opportunity to photograph one. This fella had been in a certain area for the past week, so on a rainy day I took a chance to go look for it, and after a few minutes I found it foraging among the dry grasses. I actually accidentally came to within a couple of feet of it before I spotted it, and it flew to this rock, the prettiest one of the bunch there. Lucky me!

    Canon 7DII + 500mm f/4 II + 1.4TC III, manual exposure, evaluative metering, 1/500s., f/5.6, ISO 1600, natural light, handheld, usual eye work, minor rock clean up.and a couple of rain drops removed (there were not enough of them for my taste to keep in).

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    Nice view of this longspur. Great pose with a nice head angle. The rock perch is nice like the lichen on it.

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    This is really nice. I love the rock and the pose. Details and the eye look good. BG is sweet. On my screen it looks like there is a slight halo around the back of the bird, but that might just be the lighting (or me needing more coffee). TFS

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    Lucky landing here Daniel, how sweet, perfect HA and details throughout. Well done

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    This is really nice Daniel! Reddish-brown bird really pops against all the gray tones. Feather structure looks good and the details on the feet are outstanding.
    Love the composition and lichen on rock as well.

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    Great looking frame Daniel!!! I love the color palette and the head turn. When we get these guys in our area they are always just walking around in dry grass and are partially obscured. So I still do not have any proper images of them. I would love a shot like this for my files.

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    Yes, you are very lucky. Lucky that you are so skilled and lucky that you work so hard. This is one spectacular image.

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    This is a gem, Daniel. What a great head turn, and a beautiful display of feather detail.

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    love the design, what nice colors, excellent details plus the moss covered perch well done Daniel
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