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You get my last 'nudge' of 2012 Birdie......
#1 A very nice comp and good use of the fence rail. Great head turn to get that super important eye contact! Love the BG but I think you can take this image further with a simple tweak........less exposure/a bit more contrast but save the eye area as it looks great!
#2 Again a little less brightness which will give a bit more contrast and maybe even a little Vibrance boost as this will enhance your subtle colors a bit more, that is a splendid BG and to be super nit-picky a little touch up directly behind the birds feathers that are sticking out, 5th tip from the top. The angle is a bit odd but the colors and subject hold my attention Apply a bit more USM sharpening too perhaps
Don't get me wrong, these are great but greater is better You have the talent Birdie, I see it in all your work.