I see this guy in our backyard so regularly that I’ve named him “Woody”. Here he is considering taking flight.

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Cropping okay?

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Z9, Nikon 200-500 lens, monopod, 1/2500th, f 8.0, 750mm, ISO 4500, cropped to 3884 x 2769, Photo AI

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I like the crop, Dave. You have a finely detailed portrait of this beautiful woodpecker - lucky you to see it often. My only suggestion would be to tone down the bright sky a bit.

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Lovely! I do agree with Mike about toning down the top left corner sky if you can. The grey background of the tree is a wonderful contrast to the black, white and red of the bird. And lucky you to have this bird around!

I would normally say that the angle was a bit too steep, Dave, but I think the fork in the tree makes it work in this case. Nicely done.