The Natural World Highly commended

‘Jackdaw’ by Nigel Hillier

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Often the common subjects are the most overlooked. Jackdaws are beautiful subjects and here the dark background perfectly complements and suits the greys tones of the feathers. Contrasty light can often produce harsh highlights but a good balance between that and shadow detail around the eye has been made here. Had more shadow detail been allowed with a brighter exposure, the highlights would have been over-powering.

Richard Peters - Nikon UK Wildlife Ambassador

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