That is a very beautiful shot, great close up you can really see the color, texture, also a great pose to capture of that bird! A very graceful moment from such a odd bird-- defiantly a great contender to the swan!
Wow, this is an absolutely spectacular photo! I love how you've placed the tight framing, so that the attention is immediately drawn to it's lovely yellow eye Great job!! Also, I hope you don't mind me asking, but what camera and/or lens did you use for this photo? Currently thinking about upgrading to a better camera, and am fielding my options