I photographed this Great Egret with a Bluegill at the Sally Jones West Causeway. This Causeway is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I’m not sure if it’s a Bluegill but it is some type of Sunfish. The Great Egrets catch lots of shad at this refuge (Great Egret Tossing Fish). This is my first time seeing one catching a different type of fish.

Great Egret With Bluegill
Great Egret With Bluegill

Great Blue Herons are a different story. They catch all types of fish. Here is one catching a Freshwater Drum (Great Blue Heron With Freshwater Drum). I have even seen them catching and swallowing Catfish.

How I Got The Shot – Great Egret With Bluegill

The Sally Jones West Causeway has been my go to spot at the refuge for photographing Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The water on the causeway’s southern side is becoming low and has fish concentrated in small areas.

I was able to photograph this Great Egret by parking my pickup truck on the side of the auto tour road. 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 resting on it.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 1250
  • Shutter speed – 1/1200 of a second
  • -1.3 exposure value
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

Here are a couple more photos I have photographed at this location:

  1. Great Egret With Ruffled Feathers
  2. Great Egret Standing In Tall Vegetation