I was lucky enough to have a Hermit thrush perch near me and burst into song earlier this spring. I took dozens of photos while creeping closer, and I'm looking for critique on this photo in particular. The bird was located in a dense stand of young aspen, making a clear shot difficult. Unfortunately, this resulted in a blurry branch across the foreground of the photo. This is more noticable in the horizontal crop of the photo. With this in mind, which do you prefer, horizontal of vertical? Also, can anything be done about this stray branch or do you prefer it in the photo? I have made minor adjustments in exposure and contrast, as well as resizing in order to post to the forum. Are there any other changes you would make? The photos were taken at 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 640 with my Canon T4i and 400 f/5.6L lens. Thanks for your help.