love these images
like others have said, the clarity and sharpness is perfect without being overdone in post processing
I love these birds, and Herons in general. I have one in my neighborhood that stands in the vacant lot at night, and when I go walking the dogs even they will miss seeing it until it takes off when we are about 5 feet from it. Now that can wake you up!
He also likes to stand at ocean edge late at night. Keep trying to get him standing and the full moon behind him to illuminate and showcase him. He stands so still even a long exposure shot will be ok. Man, that should rock as a shot