Great Blue Heron With Minnow

I photographed this Great Blue Heron with minnow at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Duck hunting has ended at this refuge so hopefully the Great Blue Herons will be easier to photograph. They are difficult to approach during hunting season.

There are a few areas in the refuge that they don’t allow duck hunting and these are my go-to places to photograph these birds.

Great Blue Heron With Minnow
Great Blue Heron With Minnow

How I Got The Shot – Great Blue Heron With Minnow

I had my Canon EOS 7D camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens attached and resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Aperture f7.1
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/800 of a second
  • Exposure Bias – -1 EV
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Spot Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Here are a few of my photos of Great Blue Herons with different types of fish:

  1. Great Blue Heron Catching Two Shad
  2. Great Blue Heron Catching Shad
  3. Great Blue Heron With Green Sunfish
  4. Great Blue Heron With Freshwater Drum