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    Default Preening Pileated Woodpecker.

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    This female landed at point-blank range and proceeded to preen. I had to slowly back up for this full-frame image (I could have taken the TC off but did not want to risk losing the opportunity I had here). Luckily I got a few good poses and head angles.

    Canon 7DII + 500mm f/4 II + 1.4TC III, manual exposure, evaluative metering, 1/320s., f/5.6, ISO 1600, natural light, handheld, FF, deepened the blacks, toned down the reds.

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    Hi Daniel. Well done to get such a good shot without risking it. Everything works for me..HA, BG, clarity, colours and especially the fantastic feather details. I'm always impressed by your photos with the 7Dii/500mm combo (and your skill of course in taking them).

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    What a fantastic opportunity Daniel and so glad you captured this unique and very cool portrait. I just love it! Beautifully composed as full frame, the talons gripping the bark, the separated chest feathers, the colors in the head, and the balance of the feathers on the right. I'd be jumping for joy with this one Dan, you nailed it!

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    Sick opportunity Dan! Very beautiful and unique image with excellent details.

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    Hey Dan,

    A truly wonderful and amazing frame. The most difficult part had to be getting the claws and the tip of the crest in the frame. And the preening bird head angle/position is perfect.

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    Very cool. Love this one. I have only ever seen them from a distance this must have been a real treat. Details look great.

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    A real gem, Daniel. Wonderful when it all comes together, just goes to show the more time spent in the field the more opportunities that arise. Thank you for sharing.
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    What a unique shot of this hard (for me) to get species. You certainly made the most of the opportunity. Well done.

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    Spectacular capture, Daniel. Wonderful detail and like that she stayed while you backed up for a great frame.

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    Excellent image Daniel! I like the pose, exposure, composition and the details are amazing.

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