It's always a challenge to try and shoot something a bit different than the usual photos one finds, especially with a familiar subject or location. I tried a new idea last week with a sunset silhouette (Pensive Heron), and then I pondered what would be next. Over the following days, I landed shots of birds gulping down catfish, baby ducks with their parents, (sadly) dead ducklings after a storm, and mirror-reflection shots at dawn against calm dark water, but for the most part, there was very little about these that struck me as noteworthy and substantially different enough from any shots that I've posted previously. And so I stacked up some RAW images on the hard drive of the laptop, and kept shooting. But I did have one moment at dawn on Saturday where a bird put on an odd display, albeit in sharp and hard parallel-to-horizon light. I decided to process this wholly in PS-CS2 to allow me a touch more latitude in addressing the highlights, as that's a bit more flexible than NC in that area. The bird was really digging into the feathers for a minute or two, possibly to dislodge some kind of mite burrowing under the feather layer. I liked the slightly spiked head feathers as well as the strangely obsessive glare that it made at me as I photographed the moment. D200, 200-400mm f/4 AFS/VR, processed in PS-CS2 Interestingly enough, I printed this out today at 9.3" x 14", and the slight halo I see in the internet posted image isn't at all visible. Sure wish that I knew quite how some of these things arise ! Even if it itches unbearably, and no scratching can assuage the feeling... Always shoot. John P.