Mailman - truly a brilliant photo..excellent work on that eagle shot..I should look at the EXIF info or if you care to share..
Intriguing ... the LR shot has noise while the DPP does not
- Indeed I noticed this too. it looks like you may have some NR on in DPP. check your tabs 3rd and 4th to be certain.
I agree, Lightroom appears to be more noisy at first but once you work the sliders with luminance / chrominance and masking it helps quite a bit.