A Green Heron’s Roadside Pose at Sequoyah Refuge

I was driving across the Sally Jones Causeway at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when I spotted a Green Heron next to the road. I was able to maneuver my truck into a spot so that I could get a clear shot of this beautiful bird. After getting a couple of photos, I would pull forward to get closer. The Heron was grooming itself and didn’t react to my starting my truck to move forward. I made this move one more time and got close enough for a nice portrait image showing its tongue. This Green Heron was perched in a spot that made it difficult for me to use my bean bag for a camera support. I used the upper door frame for support instead. After getting the image I wanted, I decided not to drive away and to just observe this bird grooming itself. After a few minutes, another Green Heron flew nearby and this Heron flew after it.

A Green Heron's Tongue on Display
A Green Heron’s Tongue on Display

Note: When I photograph from inside my truck, I always turn the engine off. The engine running creates vibration, which will cause soft images.

Photography allows me to share the wonders I witness and remind us that we are but one part of nature’s web.

Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer

Equipment Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11

Technical Details:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 29, 2023 (08:22 A. M.)
  • Program Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000
  • ISO: 1600 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +0.7
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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