Double-crested Cormorant With Catfish

I photographed this Double-crested Cormorant while it was catching catfish. I was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma near the Lower Scarborough which is just past Miner’s Cove. I watched it catch two catfish, and they were both about the same size. It didn’t seem to have any trouble swallowing the first one. The second one seemed to be more difficult and took longer. It kept dunking it under the water.

Double crested Cormorant With Catfish
Double crested Cormorant With Catfish

I got photos of this bird by waiting for it to get closer to my vehicle. I saw it in the distance, and it was working its way toward me. I didn’t move and after waiting 45 minutes it came close, and I got some great photos.

I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon 7D Mark 2
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II With 1.4 Extender


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: April 28, 2018 (09:07 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f6.3
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 500
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 700 mm