This is one of those series of images where personal taste and style take over . Wildlife photography, birds in particular, has a basic rule that the subject should be as close as possible. Fill the photograph if you can.
I don’t always agree. Many of my photographs have the subject further away and the surrounding environment just as prominent.
Composition rule of thirds ‘usually’ (not above) is used. I will crop a photo, then pull back until some type perspective is included.
The reeds here made it more interesting, gave a sense of where the bird was, and I even liked the rough texture here.