We must have walked 10 feet from this Heron and never knew he was there. The brush where he sat was on the side of a dirt causeway we both drove over, then walked along. You can see in the photographs the top is light, bottom in shade.
The only reason I noticed him was after walking on a small spit of land I turned to look back. From there he was sitting in plain sight. This was just after sunrise so he may have been waiting for light to fish by.
Botany Bay, South Carolina.