Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Female + Repost

I get a fair number of these neotropical beauties in the spring, migrating through on their way to their breeding grounds further north. They stopover to rest and refuel, then continue north.

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Technical Details

Canon 60D, Canon 70-300 IS USM Zoom @ 250mm, f/5.6, 1/750 sec., ISO 1000. Processed in ACR and PSE 2020 for exposure and cropping. Topaz De-noise applied. Photo captured April 3, 2022.

Beautiful. The pose, position in the frame, all lead to a wonderful image, Terry.

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Very nice, with a contemplative pose and a nice branch and BG.

I wonder about some low-opacity cloning to tone down the bright areas in the LL and in the LR corner.

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Thanks @David_Bostock. I appreciate your comments.

Thanks @Diane_Miller. I did consider toning down those areas originally. I’ll take a stab at it and repost.

Terry, we had some visiting us in MD two weeks ago, their visits are always a treat. Both the bird and it’s perch are strong visual elements. You can strengthen them with a modest crop from the bottom and left. That would remove the bright spot in the lower right corner.

Hey @Mark_Seaver, I, too always anticipate the arrival of the Grosbeaks. I thought this years’ migrants had moved on, since they don’t nest here in Oklahoma, but I was just outside and there was a male in one of the feeders - possibly a new arrival overnight. It’s been raining here since early morning, so he may have dropped out due to the weather. Glad you saw some in MD. At any rate, I had reworked this photo a bit, but never reposted. Thanks for your suggestion; hope you find the repost an improvement.

Repost works very well. Better color balance. Grosbeak’s are excellent subjects. We get a few species up here in the spring but not the Rose grosbeak.