Marsh Hawk aka Northern Harrier

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What artistic feedback would you like if any? Again, any feedback is appreciated.

Pertinent technical details or techniques: Taken with a Nikon D5 and a Nikkor 600mm f/4.0

Taken at F/7.1, ISO 280, 1/2500 sec at -0.67
(If backgrounds have been removed, etc. please be honest with your techniques to help others learn) I did lighten and blur some background noise.

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Excellent, Cheryl. I always like head-on raptor shots and this is a beauty. Focus is excellent and I like the little bit of banking angle. Very well done.

Thanks Dennis. She was a cooperative and photogenic subject.

Hi Cheryl
Nice work, the focus, depth-of-field, coloring and eye contact are vary nice.

It looks like she has grabbed hold of something there. Really nice head on shot and I like that nice clean look at the tail. Interesting bg. Harrier must be flying over some water.

Always a treat when birds fly towards you. I love the inent look and the overall setting. DOF works perfect as well. Cheers, Hans

@peter, @David_Leroy, @Hans_Overduin Thanks all for your kind words. David, she was feasting on a snow goose carcass, when a Red Tail cruised past…enough to get her into the air for a circle or two. She again landed on the kill once more. Her talons are caked in blood and feathers… I almost posted one of her that you can see the talons instead. That is a shallow lake behind her, with some emergent vegetation. I did tone down the contrast between the vegetation and the water, so it would be less distracting.