kkart's duck is a very nice pic; the colours are rich and, surprisingly, they don't break the gamut's back either. Composition is excellent, water effects are lovely... However it'll lose marks for a large blowout. Watch those white areas, guys, most of us hate 'em, and I really really hate 'em. Tsk tsk... I never submit a photo with a blowout larger than a glint in someone's eye. Sometimes a blowout is man-made, via auto--levels/contrast/etc, which is criminal.
Clive's shoveller looks on the verge of blowouts. I think they're controlled though; may need a bigger submission to tell.
ecniv's green parrot looks perfectly sharp, but needs a rethink on the background and the use of flash. It looks like a candid, which compositionally won't win the day. Looking for a wild feel, something pro.
Nothing wrong with Bill's, except the lovely birdfeeder.
Hope that helps narrow the scope guys. Look forward to more.
As I said, plenty of time.