There is no way to lighten or darken this. It was 85 degrees and all the setting birds were standing off the eggs as much as possible. See her blue egg in the nest.
The egrets in the cypress trees seemed to be cooler than the ones in the tupelo gum trees, such as the tree that this heron is in.
Someone pmailed me yesterday and said "so many people are posting birds, it must be easy to shoot them."
Sometimes you take 40 shots of one bird to get one good one and sometimes you don't get any good ones.