Guess I'm overdue on the "hot seat" .
This taken in May 2007 at Leopard Hills safari camp South Africa. Morning game drive, my guide/ranger Marius spied a Hammerkop in reeds along a pond. He stopped the Land Rover and said - let's see if he'll fly off. And it did across the pond sun reflection. Unfortunately it is just past the camera but you can see its very pointy beak and wing position is nice.
Nikon D200, f8, 1/2500, ISO400, 85mm on a 70-300 zoom. Cropped not much, made warmer in Photoshop. Maybe to warm/saturated?
Sorry, I know there is an avian forum but I never have posted there nor seldom visit it. And since this image is from Africa and many viewers this forum post/comment African wildlife, I wanted them to see it and comment. Thinking that they, like myself, would perhaps not find it in avian. It also is probably more about landscape so perhaps it belongs landscape forum? However, fine, move it wherever you wish.
Tom I like this because of the 'etherial' early morning feel to the image, sorry Randy, however it is good to see the various options available.
Personally I prefer the OP, however what I might suggest is to bring out just a hint more detail in the darker areas of the FG, define a hint more in the BG and reducing that white halo (can't do that on this version). Suprised you didn't burn out the sensor.
Also agree with you Adrian, several little "problems". But that's wildlife photography, takes so much time and effort for everything to come together. However, for me, and you and most here the time and effort is fun .
I'm sure the original scene, morning mist, was not as colorful as mine here - or the others reposts. As Steve mentions, the original as I remember it was very etherial. And the original is blown white. But again, fun playing with it.
Thanks all for your comments and efforts.