Experimenting with low light with a higher ISO because of a shady area. Noise reduction was used to reduce the price of using the higher ISO. Flash might have taken care of the low light problem, but there was not a lot of time to take the photo. Also, the bird was cropped to the right a bit so the eye was not in the center and more for the rule of thirds was in order. For anyone interested, this is the photo that was chosen to be used by Popular Photography. I was vey fortunate, and it was a very nice honor.