I live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and many people believe the heart of the Northwoods to be Boulder Junction, WI. Boulder is in the midst of lake country as we have over 1200 lakes in our county. Boulder is a year round tourist destination.
Well, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce has selected my photo of a Great Blue Heron to be the featured inside front cover photo of the 2013 Visitors Guide. While it's not the cover of National Geographic, it's an accomplishment!
I rarely stop and look at bird photo, but yours has a uniqueness about it. It looks to big to be able to fly. But I love the strong graphic element of the heron's shadow on the wing. That's just crazy good. Nice!