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    Default Red-necked-Phalarope non breeding plumage

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    Shot in local slough in Nd.Shot from my float able blind.Processed with Dpp 4,Photoshop. I did add some to the catch light as it was very faint.Thanks for the comments and critiques.Any suggestions on focus points found the subject rather hard to focus when spinning in tight circles. Tried expand AF area and auto selection which I would have thought would give me more keepers but not the case. On some I would just keep the shutter down and others just tried timing as the bird would circle. Lots of side and butt shots.I like filling the frame maybe would be easier if would back up in this particular situation.
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    Really nice angle... If I get a few nice keepers out of any session I am happy...
    I would either evict the OOF bird or desaturate it some to keep it from
    gabbing the eye...
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    Sounds like a tricky situation for sure. I like the low angle and the light. The bird in the background gives a nice balance.

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    IMO you caught a great angle. I agree with you-Phalaropes can be quite frustrating to catch a good body and head angle. The arthropod in its beak adds to it. For me, the OOF bird in the background does not add to the picture; I find myself studying it to try to figure what kind of bird it is. Probably not easy to get rid of it with the reflection also present.

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    Shot in local slough in Nd.Shot from my float able blind.Processed with Dpp 4,Photoshop. I did add some to the catch light as it was very faint.Thanks for the comments and critiques.Any suggestions on focus points found the subject rather hard to focus when spinning in tight circles. Tried expand AF area and auto selection which I would have thought would give me more keepers but not the case. On some I would just keep the shutter down and others just tried timing as the bird would circle. Lots of side and butt shots.I like filling the frame maybe would be easier if would back up in this particular situation.
    Canon 1DX 111
    500 f/4 L Is
    700mm
    Av7.1
    1/3200
    ISO 1000

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    On top of the usual technical excellence, I like the juxtaposition. Just would like a little more to the left and top. TFS

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    Those drops...

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    Kevin, great to see ya here!

    The pose and detail on the Phalarope to me are wonderful. The distant bird is unfortunately a bit distracting, for which you could crop tighter and content fill if you wanted. Any room below?

    On the subject, I love the contrast. Would be curious to see if a tiny touch of lift in the shadows could help at all but pretty as-is.

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