#2. "RE: Long way to go, for me and the bird" In response to Reply # 0
There's obvious camera motion coming from some combination of lack of VR, long focal length, long shutter speed, and lack of skill hand-holding. It's apparent that it's camera motion rather than subject motion because the entire frame is blurry.
The exposure seems OK, assuming that it wasn't near dawn or dusk.
Depending on what you had intended, you might have used an even longer focal length.
As noted, some EXIF information would help a lot.
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#3. "RE: Long way to go, for me and the bird" In response to Reply # 0
Berwyn Heights, US
A Great Blue Heron. Some shooting information is needed to offer a constructive critic. Camera shake or movement is apparent though--the whole frame is soft. The light tells me that perhaps you were working with a slow shutter speed. The focal length you were using and if you were hand holding will tell the story.
#4. "RE: Long way to go, for me and the bird" In response to Reply # 0
Ed, as mentioned it is really very hard to help you too much concerning this photo of a Great Blue Heron, as we have no clue about the camera, lens, exposure, and other factors which went into making this image.
Based on the image itself, as noted, it is significantly blurry, likely due to camera/lens motion, not compensated by camera/lens support, perhaps handholding technique which could be improved, and/or a poor choice of shutter speed within the exposure settings, etc., considering support factors.
As to composition of the image, it's hard to say, considering we know nothing about what cropping, if any you've done with the photo, and other composition factors. On the whole, I find the area of the stream above the head quite disconcerting and feel its presence takes away from the image, despite my affinity toward wildlife images which show of habitat.
I have several suggestions which would help us help you.
Always include relevant data, either by leaving the exif data in your image for us to review, or publishing it with the photo, or including it in your post. Such information as camera, lens, shutter speed, ISO, f/stop, is essential. Other helpful information would be if any supplemental lighting was used, time of day of the photo with date, location, etc.
Please fill in your profile to the extent you feel comfortable. Right now it's empty and if we had some of that info we'd be better able to help you.
Finally, for wildlife photos, I strongly suggest you post these kinds of questions in our Wildlife Photography Forum. That's the best place to get critiques of this kind of photo and hints about improving them.