sprint777 wrote in post #18561046
Also please critic my photo so I can improve. Thanks in advance to all.
That shot is nice, mainly because of the pose (obviously the bird need to be sharp). A lot of beginner bird photographers do not pay enough attention to the slight variances in pose that can make all the difference. There are a lot of eagle shots out there, this one looks 'regal'. This is why a lot of birders use tripods - not only because of the long heavy lenses, but you might be waiting minutes for the bird to pose nicely.
I don't think you could do anything about this, but in trees, definitely watch where the branches are. You have one across the body, which I think is fine, but also one coming out of his/her head. Sometimes just moving a bit left or right can make all the difference. In this case, I don't think you could move left because the branch in front would get closer to the head and be worse than having the branch behind.
This is really just a part of the though process when setting up for the shot that you may or may not have considered on this one, but I thought I'd mention.