Seattle Times reader Jim Zaikoski’s photo of flying waterfowl on a rural island near Portland.

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Photographer: Jim Zaikoski, Vancouver, Wash.

Photo taken: Feb. 21, Sauvie Island, Ore.

Photographer’s description: “A large flock was on the ground a bit after sunrise and I took this photo when the flock all took off at once. Equipment: Nikon D810, Lens: 70-200 @ 92mm F8, 1/1000, 800 ISO.”

Katie’s critique: “I love the ‘Where’s Waldo?’ feel of this photo, which immediately caught my eye. I want to get deeper into the photo and look at all those birds’ expressions (can birds have expressions?) and their feet and wings and see how they are all different. Great job getting in tight to eliminate any distracting surroundings. Tip: I might try going in a little tighter to get rid of the brush in the background on the bottom left corner, or moving lower to the ground to shoot higher so the sky is the background. All-around fantastic photo.”

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