You may want to try dialing back the cameras settings for contrast a bit to get more detail in both shadows and highlights.
By default, the Kodak models seem to have parameters like contrast and saturation set higher than most competing models when processing images.
More contrast gives you more "punch". But, it can mask detail in darker subjects like this bird. Dialing back contrast settings with your editor when post processing can also help (to a point, since if contrast is set too high in the camera, you'll lose the detail for PP purposes).
Oops.. My bad. I don't see a contrast adjustment with your camera unless we missed it in it's review here. Try dialing it back a bit with your editor and you may find the shadow detail can be brought out more. Exposing a tad brighter may also help (keeping in mind you've got a limited dynamic range that can be captured by a camera).