That was my thought - i knew it was a lucky shot really and like you say the wings are cropped but i liked the effect, plus i was on a moving boat at the time so i was quite pleased. Thanks for your comment
Well done on the photo it really caught my eye and having just bought my first macro lense i really can empathise about small things on branches, blades of grass etc in the wind. If it helps to make your feel better i think i managed to knock half my subjects to the ground with my tripod today without even getting a shot.
Anyway aside from the photo i wanted to say how much i enjoyed your narrative - it really made me laugh - please take more wildlife photos and please write some more.