These birds are often grubbing on the ground around here in Korea, but they rarely raise their crests. They do this on first landing, or if aggravated or startled, and only for a moment. So I was very lucky to catch this pair, probably startled by seeing me pointing a camera at them from the car. I focussed first on one bird, then the other, and this is a composite of two shots. The focus is not that sharp, but I was happy to capture a moment of synchronized crests.

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Technical Details

Is this a composite: Yes
D 500 + Tamron 150-600mm 1/1000 f8 ISO 400

After ACR, Lasso tool in PS to join one focused bird to the other, making minor adjustments to conceal the join. Topaz Denoise, Shadows and Highlights, then Topaz Sharpen. Cropped by about 40%.

Hi Mike
The composite work for me and I did not see were you blended the two shot together. Nice work.

Nice view of these neat looking birds. Nice composition and editing.

I’ve not seen these before. Great job catching the moment when they both acted out, and the combined image is a nice composition!