I was able to get out at dawn this morning to re-shoot the wood ducks, but another old friend was lurking around the pond. As usual, I don't take the easy route of getting him directly in the rich dawn light (and anyway, he's skittish and will usually fly away when I change position). So I have a shot that's almost contre-jour, lit by the sun shortly after the light is getting strong, just about parallel to the water. I call this, for obvious reasons, "Poised". D100, 200-400mm AFS/VR, ISO200, handheld, uncropped, processed in NC, copyright added and re-sized in PS-CS Critiques and comments solicited and welcomed. Always shoot. John P.