Yes, it is a heron. Yes, it is an egret. Not all herons are egrets but all egrets are herons because the only real difference is the size and color — egrets are white and smaller. Appearance aside, there seems to be no biological difference between herons and egrets. Of course, there are those that disagree. Not that it really matters because the photo is a depiction of “lonesome” rather than an illustration of a bird species.
The photo was taken at a fish pond near Roxas City. And, yes, it is a cropped photo. I had to remove all the other elements in the frame, including trees and a hut, to make the image more illustrative of Photo Friday’s lonesome challenge.