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    Default Theme - Virginia Rail

    Probably my favorite frame I've captured in 2021

    Canon 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4x III on EOS 1DX2
    1/3200 at f/5.6, ISO 800
    Processed in LR CC. Cloned out a few distracting elements on ground.
    Playback used to entice bird to cross the gravel road.

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    A stunner. Killer pose, great low perspective, sweet light, and a perfect head angle. While seeing the complete far foot would be nice, that was not gonna happen. But you can consider losing the light clod of dirt that it blocking the top of that foot ...

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    Lovely angle and colors, great pic well done

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    Best rail image I have seen... BG is remarkable for where you usually see these.. Well done getting it in the right location.
    Dan Kearl

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    Beautiful and very hard to get. I had one last year walked out in open water with beautiful colors. Sadly not to be had. First frame was soft and second frame turned head and it was over. Great colors and background colors go well with the bird. TFS

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    Hi Dorian .... whatīs not to like here .
    Nice color palette , good tonal range ... lovely low POV and the walking pose adds to it .
    Cool work !!!

    TFS Andreas

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    These guys are fun, an they do respond well to call. Great light, and BG. The raised foot is good for extra points as well. The iris seems to not be fully red all around, and I know it's natural on this individual, but I'd be tempted to touch it up. This makes me want to go to my rail spot that I have not been to in a few years!

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    Dorian, not much critically from me. I can see why you fell in love with this one.

    The light is so sweet, the pose is nailed and the rich, smooth bkg brings it home. Agreed, not an easy frame to get in their traditional environments.

    Is that a touch of sand in the wing feathers or just some brighter white specs in the plumage poking through?

    Fantastic capture [clap]!

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    WOW just WOW! The light is "to die for"!
    Great low POV and such a clean setting.
    I love the clean BG but it does imply "audio used". Not a bad thing just something
    I thought of before reading your comment.
    Would love this in my files.

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    I love this image Dorian! I have never been about to get one out into the open, so great job! Love the BG, IQ, processing, etc. Really nice job!

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    look at that light...text book classic. low angle is great almost too low! just wish we could see more of the feet. nothing mode to add

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    That's a belter Dorian....If they are anything like our Water Rail you did really well here...Great pose and POV...colours are sweet....A few years ago I was in my portable hide photographing flying ducks at the loch side.....A Water Rail climbed onto a branch near me and was mesmerised by the fast clicking of my camera...Very close and stood like a statue as I clicked away with the bird filling the frame....I gave in before he did...It was the same pose in almost 50 frames

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