I'm calling it done here. It is so easy to get lost in the tiniest of details and working on a small piece, 7" x 5," seems to call for more little details than if I were painting it larger. And just so you know, I discovered that in the Chinese culture (where the lotus symbol is very important) if a heron is painted with a lotus it means "May Your Path Be Ever Upward." What a lovely thought. Not certain if this is a baby heron or an egret but regardless I think Hershel the photographer should take it as a divine sign that he came upon this scene in the woods and was able to capture it.
and P. S. to Hershel - don't go comparing the painting to your photo! I do not project my drawings and I take plenty of liberties with color and composition....because I can: I am an artist and I am a woman.