We always come back to our favorites, I suppose; maybe that’s how we know ourselves to begin with. In this case, the favorite would be the subject, and to a lesser degree the photo. I have posted this one on Flickr previously, but I wanted to give it another shot. This processing left it more natural looking, a little less contrast; and I did some selective sharpening to make up for the mediocre focus. I wanted to even out the white bokeh (especially in the upper right corner), but I ran out of steam and left it as is. What a beauty, though, fraying wings and all.
(Black and white version after the break.)