These photographs were taken on a cloudy morning, a dull day. This was in Tarpon Bay, Florida. Salt water and a much different reflector than I am accustom to.
The light is softer I think. A dark Little Blue Heron still has definition and can be clearly seen.
Of course I considered none of this while shooting. But later when finishing the images I noticed it. Also people have commented on the soft look to some shots.
On a darker marsh / swamp water this bird may have been almost black.
I think I will need to review my settings on these shots. Curiosity since I will never remember them next Heron, dull day, salt water, etc.