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    Default Large Hawk-Cuckoo (Thailand)

    Presented mostly for education, the Large Hawk-Cuckoo ranges throughout Southeastern Asia where it inhabits montane forest and scrubby hillsides.

    This frame was a fortuitous capture out my car window at Kaeng Krachan National Park. The bird looks like he just bathed in an adjacent puddle, and
    I didn't have long with him as another car came along the road and pushed him off as I captured this frame.

    The bird's body angle isn't perfect, but I'm into the look-back gaze and underwing view. This skulky bird is usually buried in canopy - and there aren't many decent
    frames of it - so I was pretty thrilled with what is effectively a flight shot of this rarely-photographed passerine.

    Edge-to-edge vertical cropped from horizontal, so no room at top or bottom.

    Canon 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4x III on EOS 5D4
    1/1000 at f/5.6, ISO 1600
    Processed in LR CC with only standard sliders

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    Dorian:

    I like the stacked tail feathers, look back, soft background and soft light. Interesting perch.

    I might be tempted to sharpen the head a bit more. Could also see a modest crop up from the bottom.

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    Given the circumstances, I think you've done very well. I agree with your self-critique re the body angle. The lighting's great and detail's very good. I think there's a slight green cast to the image. Nice shot, Dorian!

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    Another very cool bird, looks like a chicken.... I would sharpen and add contrast to the eye.
    Dan Kearl

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    Another great bird and new to me.
    I think you did great under the circumstances and agree with Randy's critique 100%,
    Gail

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    Neat looking bird here. Love that yellow eye. The background is killer. Better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Stout View Post
    Dorian:

    I like the stacked tail feathers, look back, soft background and soft light. Interesting perch.

    I might be tempted to sharpen the head a bit more. Could also see a modest crop up from the bottom.

    Cheers

    Randy

    Sadly, I this crop spans the entire frame so I can't take from the bottom without making a squarer crop. I have no interest in doing that or adding canvas above, so I'm stuck with this!

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    Great opportunistic capture. The profile is very similar to our OZ Pallid Cuckoo.
    Good with the wings out and tail flared too.

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