I photographed this Great Blue Heron with what I think is a Green Sunfish at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This was on the Sally Jones Causeway where I have hung out a lot this summer. This is my go to place to photograph Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets.
Here are a few photos I took this summer in this area:
- Great Blue Heron Scratching Neck
- Great Egret With Bluegill
- Great Egret With Ruffled Feathers
- Great Egret Tossing Fish
How I Got The Shot – Great Blue Heron With Green Sunfish
I was driving from the east heading west on the auto tour road. When I get close to the Sally Jones Causeway I slow to a crawl because a Great Blue Heron or a Great Egret is usually near the beginning of the causeway. As soon as I cleared the brush I spotted this Heron on a dead tree limb.
This isn’t the best spot to photograph from because I have to park so that my view is not blocked by the weeds growing near the road. Trying to avoid weeds blocking the Heron and getting a clean background for the photo is difficult. Not scaring the birds while doing all this is also difficult. You can see in my photo that keeping limbs out of the background wasn’t possible.
The other problem about this spot is being able to park far enough off the road to let vehicles pass. After getting in place and getting this shot I had to move to let a pickup pass.
When I took the shot I decided not to get the full bird in the photo. This was because of the limbs and I also wanted a closeup of the fish.
My Fujifilm X-T3 camera was on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. This was at 7:45 in the morning.
- AV Mode
- Back-button Focus
- Aperture f5.6
- ISO 1600
- Shutter speed – 1/1300 of a second
- -0.3 exposure value
- Auto White Balance
- Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
- Multi Metering
- Focal Length – 400 mm