I like it a lot Jeremy, it is a very good shot, and I'd take it too! heheh
Like you mentioned, if you had it lowered some, that would be better, at least the way I like things.
If the sky had interesting clouds, then if you framed it like this, it'd have made a world of difference then.
Since the skies were (beautifully) clear, the way I would approach this, (like I know better, heheh) would be to get closer to the ground on this shot, then have only about 1/3 of the sky in it.
I love bird shooting, but once I get to taking landscapes, I can't stop, I may not know what I am doing, but I try to emulate what I see on here.
That's a very naturally saturated shot though, you have the focus dead-on, and that is frame-able if you wanted it.
(Don't tell anyone, but I use the 18-55mm kit lens sometimes, I actually like it, I still use my other wide-angles, but I keep one of those for emergencies)