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    Whimbrel taking off from atop an old rusty pasture post. Not very often i will shoot a bird on a post but i did like the worn look, wood, lichen, nails, etc, ... I decreased exposure and the BG came to life with such warm colors. Blended specular highlight on right side.

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    What a wonderful capture! Love the pose, sharpness and colours. That BG is a killer. Looks like the D500/500mm Nikon is a killer combo (not excluding your major skills as a photographer). I'm thinking strongly of ditching the 7Dii for a D850, but maybe the D500 woulod be enough...decisions decisions!

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    love the dynamic pose, the perch not so much although I like the elements on it, too bad the horizon line intersected with the bird and the wings weren't all the way up, the bird could use a bit more sharpening

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    I like the dynamic take-off pose, and love the killer BG. (Layers are ever-so slightly sloping down to the left; maybe a little cw rotation?) I also find the post interesting. Yes to a bit more sharpening of the bird. All in all a very nice capture.

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    A lovely post but I could do without the wire and nails ... Then ditto Arash and finally the bird is ever-so-slightly angling away.

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    Love the post and the take-off pose.
    The bird is ever so slightly moving away from you but not a deal breaker for me.
    Yes, to more sharpening and toning down and getting more detail out of the whites near the rump.
    Best part for me is that killer BG,
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    Beautiful image Ann, I like all aspects, i would agree perhaps a little more sharpening, maybe some extra Detail and or Texture would help. I like the background and the post - with the barbed wire! I would also lower the highlights on the flank a little, These small changes make a considerable difference to the bird.

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    I thought this said lunch at first glance. It is a nice launch frame. The three toned background is nice. Would have loved to take some macros of those rusted nails.

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    Agree with all the comment to this point (perch, head angle, and more sharpening). This is a shorebird I've been trying to get in flight for a while, so I am a tad bit jealous of this frame. Softly graded BG is particularly nice.

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