It almost feel like a travesty doing a workshop on this lovely posting, but as mentioned I just wanted to remove the slight noise in the BG and maybe brighten up the colour a little. However when I tried to apply the 'Black & White' points with the 'Levels Tool' the BG turned into some weird psychedelic colours so I had to manually adjust it a bit.
Post Processing done:
I selected the BG with the 'Magic Wand Tool'. Then in 'Levels' I slid the middle slider of the 'Input Levels' to 80 and the left hand slider in 'Output Levels' I slid to 16. In 'Colour Variations' I moved the intensity bar to ±16% and added blue at 1 click. I then used NeatImage to remove the BG noise and I ran it twice at its default settings. Finally I selected the complete picture and added +7 ‘Saturation’.
I think the slight darkening and colouring of the BG brings the bird out even more and I hope you like the optimisation especially the noise reduction.
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