"gentoo - as for the bird shoot, the thing with focusing on animals is generally one role of thumb - eyes must be razor sharp (or at least sharp), like with the other picture You took (LINK); as for Your second picture, I like the composition, check the colors, as it looks like little bit (10-15%) over saturated, also like the way the main subject stands out from the background - summing up - it's a nice shoot"
I'm guessing you're saying you like the focus in the hawk picture? Yeah with vision like mine focus is generally hit and miss at times but I've gotten better and learned to compensate most of the time. Imagine me trying to MF lol
The picture of my friend perhaps is a bit oversaturated, I often forget to re adjust the setting for shots of people. I have a couple that look like she's on fire! Then again, her and another photographer friend of mine said they like the way this one looked because of the colors. I'll try to remember to tone it down a bit next time to see.
monty11, good eye here! I like the softness of the evening (or morning?) light and there is lots of texture. The rock in the middle may have a bit of blown highlights but nothing any normal person would notice. No biggy, I'm the king of blown highlights myself. If I saw this in an art gallery it would definitely grab my attention.