A white egret stands in profile. It wades in the water near some papyrus plants in front of a foggy background. The egret is any of several types of heron. They make for a good subject for art as they have a great "S" shaped neck that looks good in compositions. Plus, their white feathers can really look bright against a dark background and draw the viewers to an artwork. For this work, I was going more for the look of a painting rather than realism.
I actually do have some tutorials on youtube: www.youtube.com/user/danielesk… . I don't have one for this exact image, but "3D render art walkthrough: Tree with Goat" pretty much covers all the techniques I use. I tend to be a bit long winded though, so you need a good block of time to watch these.