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We have some awfully good bird shooters here on FM and I won't say that these two shots compete in that league, but I don't think they're bad at all.
On #1, I would echo Bob a bit and suggest the following:
- assuming you have the pixels for the size of image you have in mind, I would crop out the tree on the left and the most of the blue sky on the right and put the bird in the upper-right rule of thirds spot.
- warm the image slightly.
- blur the background a bit to hide the bokeh artifacts.
- do a little highlight recovery on the back wing. It's not technically blown as-is but I would darken it slightly to make the detail a little more visible.
- sharpen the bird as much as I could without creating artifacts and halos.
- add a very subtle dark vignette.
On #2 (which is my favorite, by the way), I just suggest backing off on the sharpening of the reeds a little bit (as-is, you're driving the sharpening halos to almost pure black and white). Beyond that, it would be just playing around with different curves, saturation levels, and vignettes until I found the version I liked best. I think it would make a great living room print pretty much as-is.