The mod from banehawi just leaps off the page at me and is a first class example of how to take a good image and turn it into a stunner.
All the mods show the hidden potential in this shot.
One quick thought though.
I agree that the additional sharpening, saturation, placing a catch light in the eye, darkening the background, adding contrast and increasing the canvas size all benefit the image and make it even better but there are two white chips / blemishes near the tip of the beak.
I would be tempted to remove these as well but would that make the image too perfect?
I'm wondering if leaving in the beak blemishes add to the reality of the image (which has been improved by software) or whether if they were removed the image could be classed by some as too picture perfect?
I'm clearly in two minds over it or is it a case of make a decision, publish and be damned?
The beaks chips are reality, but as we have already tampered with reality to benefit the image does that really matter?
My reason for posing this question is that although I love this image, my eye is constantly drawn to those wretched white chips in an otherwise super, highly colourful beak.