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    Default Black tailed godwit (Limosa limosa)

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    Image captured from a hide at WWT Martin mere

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    Hi Jon .. very nice view to the walking Godwit , where is the female gone ? and the big blocky rocks ? .
    Interesting to the blue legs and beak ?! I do think this is not the normal coloration .... so I would address that . Framing is good and the very clean surroundings help to make the subject stand out .
    Overall a touch too dark and very flat IMHO , might be just me .
    With a different more punchy approach , the image would come to life ....

    TFS Andreas

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    Hi Andreas - yes the other image was a pig's ear (old English expression = crap).

    Thanks for commenting on this one - yes you are absolutely right the legs and bill are carrying too much blue, I didn't notice at the time - well spotted. Not too sure about making it more punchy, the colours were in fact relatively muted - I don't think they had developed their full colouration.
    I did give colours quite a boost but I didn't want to go over the top - but I agree maybe a little more separation from the background would have been beneficial.

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    Hi Jon.

    A first seeing this species for me, tfs.

    A great view of this subject coming in toward the camera, nice eye contact and love the lock step pose. Most of the subject is in plane too which adds.

    This one feels to have a very strong cyan/turquoise cast to looking at the whites in the rump and the base of the legs. I presume that is not a native color.

    It does feel like it could have a good boost in terms of brightness and a bit more punch.

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    I have seen this bird in life (but not enough). The colors look decent to me. Bummer that you could not have made this image from ground level.

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    Thanks Brian & Artie for commenting.

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