Green-backed Heron, Butorides virescens
Over New Years I was at Merritt Island NWR. I arrived on the refuge before sunrise and drove along Black Point Wildlife Drive looking for birds to photograph. I found this Green-backed Heron perched on a shrub. With the sun still below the horizon I increased the ISO on my camera to 3200. This allowed me to increase my shutter speed to 1/250 of a second. As I photographed the heron it turned its head, raised its crest, and stretched its neck into a perfect pose. A wonderful start to the day.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/250 second @ f/8, ISO 3200