Thanks all for the comments. It's funny, my focus was on the light and water and that's why I was asking about it. I was viewing the gull as just another element that backstops the immediate foreground but not really picking up on the competition between them. Seems pretty dense of me when I think about it.
And I agree with your original assessment. My eye bounces to three areas of light, in essence scanning the picture space. There are dangers in over-analyzing pictures. We could all end up contradicting ourselves. It is pretty good the way it is. Though I can crop the image seven ways to Sunday, it would just be an alternate view that would emphasize one part over another. And btw, because the water is relatively fast for the moving water and the light golden, I find the image has a soft quality not a hard one.