Thanks both. I guess the look is because of noise level (ISO 10K at f/16) to freeze the motion. The Topaz DenoiseAI does sharpening and noise reduction together. I will play with reducing the sharpness level in it. Thanks again.Fully agree with Click.
Maybe just a bit too much sharpening visible in the bg.
If you see it in the full res pic, too, you could try to reduce it a little bit.
That was just my two cents without looking for the EXIF.... the look is because of noise level (ISO 10K at f/16) to freeze the motion. ... I will play with reducing the sharpness level in it. Thanks again.
And I would prefer that "old" photo any time over any gif... of a hovering kingfisher, and I was set up at iso400 and the shutter speed was 1/330s - so small that it is upscaled 2x to post. I got the head perfectly in focus, and had almost the ultimate wing motion. It does show something. Today, I would have 20-30 shots at 1/3200s and make a gif.
Shortly after this juvenile an old one - maybe its mom - appeared, obviously in moult.When I was in Northern Germany lately this juvenile buzzard was flying over our house and always crying.
Seems it was about to be weaned at this time.