Decided to upload in the order in which they probably should be seen following a comment by Dan. See below
This is a style of bird portrait that I like. These either tend to bomb on here or if they get an HC then they can scrape an RC
So make of it what you will, lack of votes won't stop me taking them as they look great printed large.
The OOF blur is caused by leaf litter.
Great shot, especially like the dof on this.
I too like this style of shot .. on occasion .. but this one doesnt work for me at all. The dof is too distracting in this instance with not enough space for the head of the bird. Whilst it could create a sense of intimacy for me it fails as my attention is elsewhere ....
Probably needs a bit cropping off the bottom Dan.
Was really experimenting with the 51AF points during this and seeing if it helped getting the focus spot on the eye. Which it does, but it also complicates composition. There are just so many places to frame where good focus can still be achieved (when not using manual or focus-lock - neither of which was being tested here).
Will add another variation in a moment to see if that improves things.
Certainly works for me but i do prefer number 2. has that little mroe "punch" to it.