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A big big welcome to posting your work Bruce, congrats on that giant step forward!
Almost always you find an Owl with backlighting, at least for me. The exposure is always a great challenge and so is often the PP work to follow.
The shot held up very well to the large crop and you have some nice detail and the story is told very well in you images, nice work.
As a tip, sometimes lowering the contrast on shots like this can be very helpful..
Keep the images coming...