I was trying to shoot two birds in one shot. It was very cloudy and muddy. Light reflecting from water does not make life any easier. Trying to enhance using my limited understanding of masks based on latest videos by @s7habo. Goal was to do some sort of magic that Boris does and enhance birds or make them more visible and reduce distracting glare of water.
This seems almost like a pathological worst-case processing scenario.
White, mostly monochromatic bird on a dark background
Midtone grey bird with a little more chroma on a midtone grey background
Very busy background textures
It really demands localized editing. Taken globally, almost any edit for the benefit of one part will negatively affect others. I cropped it to further help emphasize the subjects, then applied local edits via masks in ART (mostly tonal and local contrast) to try and get a bit more separation. I added both a vignette and a gradient at the bottom to further focus attention.
Nice birds. Not an edit more a composition suggestion - get down in the mud, lay on your belly and support the camera on a “ground pod”. Duade Paton shows one in use photographing waterbirds. You can make one from an old frying pan. (I like open source solutions)