I photographed this Great Blue Heron standing on a log at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This was back on the 15th of May.

Great Blue Heron Standing On Log
Great Blue Heron Standing On A Floating Log at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma

How I Got The Shot – Great Blue Heron

This Heron was west of the Tuff Boat Ramp near the tour road. I was able to park a short distance to the east of it and photograph it from inside my pickup.

I had my camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was using a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/1250 of a second at f8 and the ISO at 800. I also had a -0.7 exposure value. White Balance was set on auto. I was using continuous auto focus with multi metering.

Great Blue Heron Facts

  • It’s North America’s largest heron.
  • Even though Great Blue Herons are large, they actually only weigh about five or six pounds. They have hollow bones, like all birds, which makes them light, so they can fly.
  • Herons were hunted in the 19th century for their beautiful feathers. Women would decorate their hats with Heron feathers that later led to the depletion of the species.
  • The oldest wild Great Blue Heron was said to be 23 years old. The average lifespan is around 15 years.
  • Great Blue Herons are mostly active in the mornings and at dusk when fishing is best.