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    Dottie and I went to Ft. Desoto in Pinellas County, Florida, early this morning. We had a wonderful couple hours before the beach crowd arrived. Many shore birds there. Comments and critique welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

    Nikon D500
    Nikon 500mm PF + Nikon 1.4 III Teleconverter, camera and lens supported by a Oben carbon fiber monopod with a Wimberly MonoGimbal head
    1/3200 F/8 Matrix Metering EV 0 ISO 900 Auto 1 WB, image captured at 700mm (1050mm 35mm Equivalent)
    Post processed in Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC 2022 and Topaz Denoise AI
    Cropped for composition and presentation
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    Great light and pose you managed here Joe! Love the raised foot and think ist adds to the image. I like the comp, but feel like it might be better if the bird was a tad more left, but maybe that's just me? Still very nice work!

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    Nice and low with this one. Bird looks great in that breeding plummage.

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    Great species. Wonderful colours through the frame. Good low angle. Raised foot is a nice bonus. I only wish for a catchlight in the eye.

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    Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting, much appreciated. Here is a repost using the suggestions offered for improving the image. I moved the bird a little further left and changed the crop to a 2x3 and added a catchlight in the eye.

    All of you mentioned a low angle/low POV, that was not the case. I was standing with the monopod extended almost full height. When I arrived I saw a group of photographers photographing these birds sitting of laying on the beach. I tried that but there was a small mound cutting off the feet of the birds. I like feet, if possible I want the feet to show. So I got up off the sand and keep raising my viewpoint until the angle cleared the mound and the feet were showing. The depth of field with the 1.4 Teleconverter was shallow enough so the water background would still blur.
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    Really well done Joe, like the repost even more. Super colors and details.

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    Great low perspective Joe - this one looks so much nicer than the ones I got with the full breeding colours. Raised foot is a nice touch, and the catchlight addition makes a surprisingly big difference for just a couple of pixels!

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    Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting, much appreciated.
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