Every once in a while you get really lucky!
The sun was setting over my shoulder leaving the trail mostly in shandow. I was just about ready to pack in my long lens and drive to another part of the park to setup for a few sunset shots when this Little Blue Heron flew right by and landed on the wooden rail not twenty feet in front of me. The sun reflecting off the trees and water backlit this beautiful bird perfectly and all I needed to do was focus on its chest and meter on the dark blue feathers to bring out the shadow detail. Sweet!