Oh my! Congratulations on your Daily Deviation! I like the composition with the simple light blue background. Even though they are all organic forms, the bird is a nice contrast to the pattern of the reeds. The inclusion of the bobber is a great added touch. You did a great job of capturing the look and character of your subject. He has a simply wonderful countenance to his face...if a bird can have a countenance to their face. You have a beautiful range of values here with plenty of contrast. And a well unified palette as well. Great technique on display here in the use of value changes and transitions to show the planes and contours of all the little reeds. I am thoroughly convinced that i am looking at a bird in the reeds. It's a sterling piece of work!
wow... When I saw the thumbnail I thought.. wow, either this is photography or a really generous stock photo! Generally i'm really good at establishing the difference between photo's and art... but this is the hardest I have ever come across.. Awesome job you!!! congrats on the DD!!!