Western Marsh Harrier in Flight

Western Marsh Harrier in Flight

I was observing this beautiful Harrier looking for food for a long while. Gracefully gliding over the wetlands, landing occasionally, scaring some smaller birds as it neared. Harriers catch smaller birds in flight, which is quite an impressive feat! If I ever catch such action in a frame, it'll be quite an accomplishment (and will be published, of course). Over the course of observing this Harrier it did get close enough to me for me to be able to take a photo with some good details.

What do I like about this photo? The pose is great. You can see both the underside and the upper side of the wings, which is interesting. There are good details on the Harrier - every feather is visible if you enlarge the photo (head over to my blog to be able to do that). I used a fast shutter speed (1/2500 seconds) to freeze the action.

What would I want to improve? I should have made this photo lighter - probably should have used exposure compensation of at least one more than what I was already using. That would have made it possible to recover more details on the darker, in the shadow areas of the Harrier.

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