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Thanks for the feedback, Ben and Scott.
I agree that the image would be better without the tall grass around the bird, but the fact that the grass is there doesn't bother me nearly as much as it seems to bother you.
Perhaps this is one of those images I'll be destined to love for the rest of my life, but other people won't feel the same about it, just because of the situation when I took the picture: I remember everything perfectly, slowly crawling through the glass to get closer, the bird accepting my presence but at the same time curious to understand what I was doing, more and more birds landing all around... it was unforgettable to me. Perhaps the good memories this photo brings me will always cloud my judgement with it.
I do have some other, 'clear', images from the same bird that day, but the gesture is nowhere near as good:
Well I'm going to learn some Photoshop just to deal with this image. It's about time I start learning it. I'll post the results if they are any good.