Busy Background - From this angle, there is a tree branch spanning the width of the scene. The fence and distant trees
are blurred due to the aperture setting (f/5.6) but are bright and create a lot of distraction. There are also a couple of foliage tips hanging down into the scene.
Poor Light Source - The light in this scene was coming from the left, which made for dull color both in the bird and the branches.
Less is More - By shifting to the left, I was able to remove the branch in the background, as well as the busy foliage in the distance.
The darker background creates high contrast on the bird, allowing the wispy feathers on his head to show clearly.
Better Light - With the light source over my left shoulder, the Egret is lit well, making for a more striking portrait. The shadows are
muted and the rich color of the branch is now visible.