I’ve mentioned before that light can impact the final results of an image and the background can as well. Some people might think the background in the image above is messy but I think that the palm fronds that are reaching towards the water a compliment to the curving lines of the Tricolored Heron and there are similar colors on the palm fronds and the back of the heron. The gnarly tree stump also seems to echo the feet of this Tricolored.
This image has less “mess in the background but there is enough variation in the colors to be interesting and the bubbles on the surface of the water add a bit of tension.
The smooth pastel water in this image has a nice texture and color which contrasts with the herons plumage. The background is simple and doesn’t detract from the heron at all.
I actually like the backgrounds in each of these images, all of them show the habitat that Tricolored Herons might be found in and highlight the birds too.