Great Blue Heron Catching Two Shad

By | January 2, 2020

I found this Great Blue Heron in the same place as the last two times I was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This time I was able to photograph it catching two shad at the same time. Before swallowing both it dropped the one in the front. After eating the one it was able to reach back into the water and get the second one.

My photos from the previous two encounters with this bird: Great Blue Heron Catching Shad and Great Blue Heron Reflection In Water

Great Blue Heron Underwater
Great Blue Heron Underwater
Great Blue Heron With Two Shad
Great Blue Heron With Two Shad
Great Blue Heron With Two Shad
Great Blue Heron With Two Shad

How I Got The Shot – Great Blue Heron Catching Two Shad

This Heron is near the bridge at Horton Slough. The bridge is before you go through the gate to start the auto tour road. There is a parking area for people to hike the Horton Slough Trail or to fish.

The Heron does not seem to mind me sitting on a bench near the water across from it with my equipment. I had to make two trips to my pickup to get the tripod and camera and the heron never looked my way.

I had clear skies this trip so I was able to shoot at a higher shutter speed to catch the action. The ISO was still higher than I like with the camera I was using.

I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a EF500 mm f/4L IS USM lens on a tripod.

Author: Steve Creek

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

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