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Flicker in Winter (26)
bikefifty Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
This is a Northern "Yellow-Shafted" Flicker in a tree in our yard. This type of bird comes to my feeder through out the winter. I have a great vantage point to shoot from my house.

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bikefifty Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Adjusted Lighting, Sharpness
Edited by:GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)

I used PhotoFiltre and NeatImage (both are available free) since I don't know what kind of photo editing software you have. First, I darkened the bottom half of the picture by clicking on gradient/monochromatic, bottom to top, black about 24 percent. That evened out the brightness, but slightly reduced the contrast of the entire picture, so I increased the gamma one click and contrast one click. By clicking on edit/fade, you get a slider, so you can adjust these choices further. I also gave sharpen one click. A catch light in the eye can often improve a picture of an animal greatly, and I though this picture was a good candidate for one. I then opened the edited image in NeatImage and reduced the noise, which had become more obvious after sharpening. Even without editing, I would have been very happy to get a picture of a flicker like this. Gary