You wanted me to give you my two cents on this capture. As I tell everyone; don't mind the stars, they aren't informative.
Photographically: When it comes to bird photography or wildlife in general it requires a great amount of zoom. What I'm saying is that I would have prefered getting a closer framing of the bird. This is not always easy to accomplish, but I thought it would be important to mention. Another tip would be the framing. The bird is sitting on a little branch, framing the bird to be somewhere in the right bottom corner would give you branches leading from somewhere to somewhere. When it comes to the exposure, I like the fact that you've tried to keep the snow white instead of greyish, however it's a little overexposed in relation to what it should be. The result of this is that you loose alot of details in the snow which can't be fixed easily in post-processing.
Post-processing: Three things would make this pop a little more: Vignette - a slight dark vignette would frame the bird just fine as the image is very bright. Contrast - this would also give you some more details in the branches and the bird, which would be nice. Sharpening - Sharpening the bird and the branch it's sitting on would be beneficial for the overall impression.
All in all: keep trying, it's important as we can't read ourselves to become as good as we want to be.
Hi, you would like to become critique for this picture, so here we go:
It's a great capture of a little birdie. First of all, it's not easy to get a good shot with a snowy background. Photographically it's a bit overexposed, BUT it gives the feel of a sunny winter day. It's better as leave it with a darker background. The bird is sharp like a knife and good contrasted with the background. Many peoples would say to do a bit post processing, but i'm not this kind. I love way better if you do nothing. Just let it be like that. The only thing i would do an other crop of this image, set the bird to the right bottom, 2/3, 2/3 and a light frame.
Well, have a great day and keep up this great work!