Upload & Sell: Off
Before I address your comments (after which you can comment on my comments on your comments if you wish), I'd like to say the following:
I first started posting on this forum less than a week ago, and I am overwhelmed by the generous spirit of sharing and mentoring I see here. Your experience, expertise, and very sharp (no pun intended) photographic vision is (are?) awe inspiring.
So: thanks everyone!
Rob, Lil, Kirk, NoAngle, David, KMunroe, Jason, KCollett, Socrates, Karl, Tom -- thanks for your kind words. (If I left anyone out, I apologize)
Karl - "brittle" is a brilliant way to put it. The image does appear a touch oversharpened here, but I think that may in part be due to the resizing that I did to post it here. Also, when printed the brittleness is not apparent, and I'm very happy with the way it looks on paper.
Also, a couple of you noticed the hot spot on the bird's belly, and you are right about that. I have toned it down a touch and it is an improvement.