A few loons with 500/5.6 + D500

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A few loons with 500/5.6 + D500
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These were taken from the back of a small boat in the Adirondacks. This is the first time I've done anything like this -- it's hard to hold the camera stable from a pitching boat!

These birds aren't that afraid of people, but they're tricky to photograph because of their habits: they're fantastic divers and swimmers, and pop up unpredictably in different places as they dive for fish.

All taken with D500/500PF and postprocessed in darktable. I'd especially appreciate comments about the postprocessing, since the contrasty white/black pattern on the bird is tricky.

This is a juvenile from this year. This sequence was tricky -- the bird was close enough that many shots with the wings fully extended had wingtips out of the frame. (I suppose this is why zoom lenses were invented, but I don't have one, and didn't have time to switch the 500PF for something shorter.)

This shot isn't cropped left-to-right; both wingtips were this close to the edges of the frame.

At one point an adult came up right near the boat -- too close for a full-body shot.

This next is uncropped. Framing this sequence was quite hard with the pitching boat; I'm not used to shooting from a moving platform, and most of these (even some with better postures, in particular the water in front of the bird) aren't framed well.

 Entropius's gear list:Entropius's gear list
Nikon D500 Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Comment & critique:
Please provide me constructive critique and criticism.
Nikon 500mm F5.6E PF Nikon D500
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