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    Default Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)

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    Taken shortly after dawn in misty conditions, at the side of the lake this eagle was just deciding when to say he'd had enough of a marsh harrier that was hassling him.
    Deciding how much to overcome the mist and determining an acceptable colour balance wasn't so easy. Everything looked ok until I tried something else then something else etc. I have settled for this interpretation I don't think it is too far from reality.

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    Olympus E-M1X
    Lens focal length : 420 mm
    Focal length in 35 mm film : 841.0mm
    Exposure mode : Manual exposure
    ISO : 400
    Exposure bias : 0 EV
    Exposure time : 1/1600 sec
    F number : F5.6

    LR & PSCC 2020

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    Last edited by Jonathan Ashton; 01-24-2020 at 01:02 PM. Reason: incorrect title

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    Very nice image, Jon. Colors and contrast look good on my screen. Good detail, although I'd sharpen the head just a touch more. I absolutely love the perch - it's very unique and adds a lot of interest. To me the bird is very centered and I'd shift it to the LHS and add more space to the right.

    As a side note, I think this is a Crested Serpent Eagle - IMO one of the coolest birds of prey in India Well spotted!

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    Aditya I stand corrected, I knew I had the Crested serpent eagle somewhere, I guess because I didn't spot the crest I didn't name it correctly. I also have another crested bird of prey I am not sure if it is the crested hawk eagle? A little small in the frame , I'll see if it's worth a post.

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    Neat looking eagle. It looks tall and skinny hear. The background is great. Looks like that perch is used very often.

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    Looks good for misty conditions.Great BG.
    I would move the eagle to the left of the frame. He feels very centered.
    I would clone out (or crop out if moving bird to left and add in more on right) that little bit of branch poking out of LLC and the 3 little white dots on the spider web at bottom right.
    I am on the fence about the perch- a bit bottom heavy but still works as is.

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    Awesome looking bird. BG with the fog works for me. The yellow on the bird pops really well. Another vote here for decentering the bird. TFS

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    it's a delight to see this rare bird, I find the perch a bit heavy and distracting, IQ is not that great here, looks like the bird was quite far....

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