This Great Blue Heron and I were next to each other watching the Gulls and Pelicans. It was cold (28 degrees Fahrenheit) and the wind was making it much colder. If you look close at my photos, you can see frost on the Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron At Kerr Dam
Great Blue Heron At Kerr Dam
Great Blue Heron On A Cold Morning
Great Blue Heron On A Cold Morning

I was sitting on boulders near Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam in Oklahoma. I was hand-holding my camera and lens. I saw this Heron from the parking lot and got closer. To get closer I knew not to take a direct approach. I got to the edge of the water about 8 to 10 steps from the Heron. Walking on the boulders was very difficult, and it surprised me the Great Blue Heron let me get close with the stumbling I was doing.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


  • Location: Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: December 1, 2020 (09:50 A. M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/2700 (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 1600
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Multi
  • Back-button Focus
  • Zone Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

More Photos From Kerr Dam:

  1. A Ring-billed Gull Zeroing In On A Shad
  2. American White Pelican Landing In Suds
  3. Double-crested Cormorant With A Shad
  4. Two Gulls One Winner
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Swallowing Shad