Amid the tranquil surroundings of Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I witnessed a Great Blue Heron embarking on a daring aquatic quest – swimming with a Crappie! It was a remarkable sight, as the majestic bird ventured into the depths of a small pool to capture its prey. However, I was unable to document the final act of the Heron devouring its catch as it faced away from me.
This photograph was captured from my pickup, parked at the Sally Jones West Causeway, on the northwest corner of the tour road. I used a bean bag to steady my camera, a Canon EOS 7D Mark II, as it was equipped with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens.
Technical specifications for the shot are as follows:
• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: June 12, 2020
• Aperture: f6.3
• Shutter speed: 1/640 sec.
• ISO: 2500
• Exposure Bias: +4/3 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500 mm
Note: This is the same area I photographed a Great Blue Heron Eating A Gar.