Great Blue Heron Catching Shad

By | December 30, 2019

I went back to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma yesterday and found this Great Blue Heron in the same place I saw it a few days ago (Great Blue Heron Reflection In Water). The Great Blue Heron was catching Shad this time.

Great Blue Heron Underwater
Great Blue Heron Underwater
Great Blue Heron With Shad
Great Blue Heron With Shad
Great Blue Heron Tossing Shad
Great Blue Heron Tossing Shad

How I Got The Shot – Great Blue Heron With Shad

Yesterday was a cloudy day with rain off and on. I usually don’t like photographing wildlife on days like this because I need a high shutter speed to catch the action. If I raise the ISO to get the shutter speed I need then I get noise in my photo.

I wanted to see if this bird would let me set up a tripod and not get spooked. It did so I took a chance on a few photos. I missed a lot of action shots because of a slow shutter but I got a few that I liked. I also like the colors on the bird that I was able to get because of the cloudy day.

I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens on a tripod.

Here is a photo of this same Great Blue Heron with two shad: Great Blue Heron Catching Two Shad

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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