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Nicely evolving, helpful thread.
Responding to feedback in no obvious order:
Wayne, I agree that the camera position is off. To my way of thinking, ideally the plane of the sensor would have been parallel to the head, giving a greater sense of eye contact. While the forum input has frequently provided post-processing suggestions and I asked for them, your input on position, composition is desired.
Your image is a beautiful capture, BTW.
Several of you have commented on color temperature issues, especially in the shaded feathers. To me a purer white would not look right. I never know how much to correct for bluish tones in the shadows and altered color temperature based on global considerations. But I agree that the feathers could use some warming.
Kent: Nice rework. I love the 100-400 lens but I can see the busy-ness in some of the bokeh. Softening that helps, IMO. I am more torn about desaturating the background. While it heightens the primary subject and perhaps should be the key consideration, I tend to approach these images as having two subjects, the bird and the environment, with the hope that the color play inter-relates and adds to another element as focus shifts from subject to context, even if softly focused. Maybe that does not work ideally.
Karen: thanks. You were the only one that seemed to feel the bird should be brighter, one of my questions. Looks good.
Background: Image taken on my first serious bird photography outing years ago, in the Everglades. I was lucky enough to have maybe 20-30 very strong images, lots to trash of course, and this middling pick that I held onto despite its shortcomings. Interesting and informative to see what everyone else finds as worth improving.