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    Hi all,

    A northern harrier taken recently one afternoon. In post, some NR, cropped to vertical for composition.

    Camera: Nikon D500
    Lens: 500mm f/4 + 1.4 TC
    Specs: 1/3200 f/5.6 ISO 1,250

    Thanks for looking and commenting on prior posts!
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    Now, this is great!
    Love the 2 toned BG, the dorsal view, the slight head turn our way and the lovely light. Whites on the rumps look great with good detail.
    Wish I had this in my files!
    If I was to be super wishful, I would wish that she had flown a bit lower to get more of that nice brown in the BG. Still excellent as is!
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    Good one, Alex. Nice head turn, good detail.

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    Nice head turn and pose.. I would take some off the top and add to
    the bottom if you can.
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    Very nice Alex...gotta love that head turn! I've yet to see a similar bird here let alone get a decent photo! Cheers.

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    sweet banking shot with the head turn, I wish he was against the color when you squeezed the shutter... is this a big crop? I am seeing a bit loss of detail in the head area but that's probably because I am a harrier whisperer :D
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    Thanks all, much appreciated. I too wish for more of the brown BG -- this section of the park is challenging as it has tall grasses along the path while the path itself is a bit lower, so you have to have the bird fly at a little steeper angle than you'd life in order to get past the grasses while sticking to the light angle. Arash, a pretty good sized crop between going from horizontal to vertical and then taking in a bit more -- about 6.5 MP of the D500 file. The tif looks pretty detailed to me (although I wouldn't hate to have gotten more pixels on the bird), but it's not my most detailed harrier frame either. Your screen is probably better than mine though, so could be from that too. I've attached a bigger version below with a touch more sharpening. PS Arash, theres a chance I move to SF next year -- if so you'll have to teach me some of your harrier tricks!
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    Very beautiful! I love that subtle head turn towards. Glad you posted bigger too.

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    I just love dorsal flight frames like this. Your best harrier frame so far. Nice head turn towards you. Light was nice as well. Thanks for the larger post.

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    Hi Alex the larger post is much better and reveals all the detail that was missing in the original

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    I love it, especially the hear turn. Quite a feat with the TC ...

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    Very nice Alex, especially the RP....No nits here, love it all

    Will

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