Here is a good example of the breeding colors of a Little Blue Heron. I think these changes happen around April, they fade in mid summer. Even then their deep slate is beautiful (and so dark near impossible to photograph).
Even their bill takes on a vivid purple shade.
The ultimate image is to catch the bird up close, with bright sun behind them. I have not been that lucky this year.
This season a Little Blue colony has been nesting in a spot that is difficult to photograph. They prefer thickets. Still I have at least caught a few as they wander into the open.
These have been published before as part of the Church Of The Good Shepard project.
In 2015 we worked on multiple projects photographing cathedrals and old churches in various countries. One of my favorites was right on our back door, the Colt Firearms built Church in Hartford, Connecticut.