This image was taken in early morning bright sunlight at the Bombay Hook NWR on the Delaware shore. I chose to convert the color image to black and white to highlight the contrasting birds with the the sky and dead tree limb. I am finding that images of these birds are often more dramatic in black and white.
ISO 500, f8, 1/1250 sec. Not a composite. converted to B&W in Lightroom Classic.