Today I’m sharing an exciting wildlife photography moment – a Great Blue Heron at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge with a freshly caught fish in its bill.

Great Blue Heron With a Fish in its Grasp

Great Blue Heron With a Fish in its Grasp

I came across this magnificent Heron while visiting the refuge near the Tuff boat ramp. I’ve spotted this particular bird before, usually on the far side of the cove, but on this day it was right next to the auto tour road. I parked my truck and set up my camera on a beanbag resting on the open window, waiting patiently for an unobstructed view.

The Heron was surrounded by vegetation, so I had to bide my time for it to move into a clearing. My patience paid off when it emerged with its striking blue-gray plumage contrasting beautifully against the blue water. Just then, it snatched a small fish from the water in a lighting-fast motion.

I could hardly believe my luck as the Heron remained in that same spot with the fish held firmly in its bill. Having previously only captured it at a distance, I was thrilled to photograph this elegant bird up close with its catch on display. The crisp details of its feathers and intense yellow eyes are a photographer’s delight.

Moments like these remind me why wildlife photography is so rewarding. It takes time, dedication, and often a bit of luck, but witnessing nature’s wonders in action is worth every effort. I feel honored to have experienced and preserved this Heron’s fishing success.

Image Information:

  • Date: 11/13/23
  • Time: 08:26 AM
  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
  • ISO: 2000
  • Aperture: 7.1
  • Shutter: 1/800
  • Exp. Comp.: -0.7
  • Lens (mm): 500
  • Program Mode: Manual