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Challenge: Free Study 2018-08 (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D500
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Date: Aug 16, 2018
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2018

I wasn't going to enter anything in the FS but was convinced by a teammate to put this in last minute. When I woke up the next morning to see this at 5.0 with 5 votes I rued the decision. So color me amazed to find a proof request in my mailbox this morning.

Our Bluebirds nested again this year after taking a year off. This is on fledge day, with the Papa providing both needed first flight strength and encouragement for his brood. I was amazed how he could squeeze it just enough to get the beak closed but not enough to pop it. I have another where he's managed to snag at least 3 moths on the wing, all without losing the one he already had in his beak. Amazing birds.

Place: 5 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.8627
Avg (commenters): 10.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7805
Avg (non-participants): 7.2000
Views since voting: 610
Views during voting: 97
Votes: 51
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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09/09/2018 10:26:40 PM
Well done, Jake and Papa Bird!

Well done!!

09/09/2018 09:05:56 AM
AMA into detail Jake. Congrats on the HM.
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09/07/2018 09:26:58 AM
The clarity and sharpness is exceptional. And I love the eye contact. Like he thinks you're going to challenge him for the grub.
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