Thank you so much! First, I got a new monitor so that I can rework it under calibrated conditions (over-sharpened imo).
That said, I used 5D# 1/400 f 4.5 iso 250
Lens 70-200 (at 2000 mm) f2,b is II with is on. Flash did not fire.
In Lightroom 4 it is cropped 968 X12310.I believe it was shot manual.
Regarding the crop issue, I personally have found that it is best to get as close as possible to fill the sensor so less cropping is needed, and less particulates in the air to degrade image. Here, I zoomed in to the max with my 200, and had to crop very little.
Alan great kingfisher!
Mind saying what lens you used and whether you cropped at all.
My experience with the 7d is that any images above 320 iso or so just do not allow any cropping, unlike 5diii raws, which allow cropping to about 100 % without any need for noise reduction. For me it is usually better to use the 5diii and crop vs getting the extra reach from the 7d. I think there may be variability in the sensors in the 7 d