This article gives some very compelling reasons why you might want to convert your animal photographs to black & white versions.
I had never really thought about doing this as usually I want to show all the lovely colours the animals have to display, but the more I think about it, the more I can see how sometimes colours can be a distraction in animal photography. So, I guess I will be picking a candidate photo tonight to try this out.
Definitely a good thing to keep in mind especially when shooting on a gloomy day. Here are a B&W (using Topaz) and the original color photo of a ring-billed gull on a cloudy day. Not sure which one I like better, but the B&W certainly has a different mood.
Sorry, the wrong image loaded, I have this and the B&W vesion, for some reason, the color one is the only one cooperating!
No worries speters ; I appreciate seeing your colored one very much! In fact, while I haven't seen the B&W version, there is so little color there that the colored beak is quite striking; I expect I would like the colored version best. When there are many colors in an image they can be distracting, but not in your image.
FYI: you are welcome to experiment with posting what you want, as you can always edit or delete a post you are unhappy with.