Taken this past July at a small nature preserve called McQueen Slough near Dawson Creek BC.

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7DII, 500mm, f/4, 1/400, ISO 400

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It looks very sharp and detailed on the head, but for me the bird is a bit lost in the frame. I like the BG but the plant in front of the bird is a visual barrier for me.

Thanks Diane. There is something about the photo that does kind of put me off. It is such an unusual bird for me to see and photograph i thought i would post a shot. The grass does not bother me so much as it is kind of a habitat thing. I think it is the color of the bird matching the murky looking water.
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I like everything about this except the grass in front of the bird’s chest. Did you happen to get any frames as it stepped to its left? I’ve never seen a sora in the wild, so I can imagine your excitement. Also, are those cloning marks on the left of the frame, or just some BG weeds that were a little close?

Thanks Lyle. No cloning. All I did was try to get some separation in colors and tone between the grey on the Sora and the greyish water/mud. I have other decent shots but none in the sequence of moving out from behind the grass stem. I was set up with tripod on a rickety partially submerged boardwalk while this little guy was walking around and then past me. It was pretty neat seeing this little guy walking through the marsh.