I like the cropping, but I think the texture of the dark branches and leaves in the background compete for attention with the bird. If those shadow areas were a bit lighter, something that should be pretty easy to do, then I think it would be a much stronger image.
Great shot and moment to capture! The crop doesn’t bother me. My eye is drawn to the left wing, it looks unsharp, not sure of what F stop you used or if there was something in the way? the colors are great!
Now that’s a mouthful. Cute head cock also. I really like the down swept wing position but the bird is competing too much from the branches and leaves in the background. This would be an an even more awesome shot had that tree not been there. Beautiful bird, Dave!
This is a great action shot Dave and shows off the beautiful colors on this bird. Enough space on the right, a little tight at the bottom but that’s just a nitpic. Like the details too…catchlight in his eye.