I captured a captivating image of a magnificent Great Blue Heron gracefully positioned on a weathered log within the picturesque Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The date was the 15th of May.

Great Blue Heron Standing On Log

Great Blue Heron Standing On Log

I located this elegant heron on the western side of the Tuff Boat Ramp, situated near the tour road. To seize the opportunity, I conveniently parked my vehicle a short distance east of the heron’s location and skillfully framed my shot from the comfort of my pickup.

To capture this splendid sight, I employed a Fujifilm X-T3 camera equipped with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens, seamlessly attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro adapter. Employing aperture priority mode (AV), I set the shutter speed to 1/1250 of a second at f/8, while adjusting the ISO to 800. Additionally, I opted for a -0.7 exposure value to achieve the desired effect. The white balance was left on auto, and I utilized continuous autofocus with multi-metering for optimal results.

Fascinating Tidbits about the Great Blue Heron:

– As the largest heron species in North America, the Great Blue Heron holds a majestic presence.

– Surprisingly, despite their sizable appearance, these herons only weigh around five to six pounds. Their lightweight is attributed to their hollow bones, a characteristic shared by all birds, enabling them to take flight with ease.

– In the 19th century, Great Blue Herons fell victim to extensive hunting due to the allure of their exquisite feathers. Tragically, these feathers were sought after by women to adorn their fashionable hats, contributing to the species’ decline.

– An exceptional testament to their longevity, the oldest recorded wild Great Blue Heron lived to be 23 years old, while the average lifespan hovers around 15 years.

– Great Blue Herons exhibit peak activity during the early hours of the morning and at dusk, a time when they can indulge in optimal fishing opportunities.