I like the view

These two Egrets were part of a group of six that flew into the Fourmile River in South Lyme, Ct on 4-26-2020 at 8:34 AM. The tree they perched in was about 30ft high and around 120ft away from me. The shot was taken from a tripod use a cable release. Canon 7dII, Sigma 150-600mm at 600mm F8, 1/4000, ISO 640, cropped to 16/9 and 4/3. I adjusted the highlights, shadows and some local adjustments (vibrancy and sharpness) in DxO PhotoLab 3. I could not decide on a closer cropped shot of the two Egrets or include more of the tree they were in, so here are both.

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I think both images work pretty well, Peter. On the second image, I’d be tempted to trim it to the 4x6 aspect ratio and do is to that the birds a re a bit further left in the frame, then clone over the bits of tree branches coming into the left side. That would create a nice diagonal in the branches leading down and right from the egrets.

Thank you for the comment Dennis, here is the 4/6.