As a nature photographer, I’m always looking for those special moments when an animal’s behavior or a natural scene comes together to create a captivating image. One such moment occurred recently as I was photographing wildlife at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
I came across a Great Egret standing stalk still at the edge of a pond, its bright white plumage gleaming in the afternoon sun. Its neck stretched tall as it gazed intently at the water, waiting for the right opportunity to strike. In an instant, the egret plunged its sharp yellow bill into the water and emerged with a wriggling fish grasped in its beak.
I was able to capture a beautiful close-up shot of the egret with the fish suspended and helpless in its beak. The image showcases the skill and patience of this majestic bird of prey as it hunts for its next meal. It also reveals the constant struggle for survival that takes place every day in the natural world.
As a nature photographer, my goal is not just to document wildlife and landscapes, but to reveal moments that convey the essence of a scene. This image encapsulates the grace, skill, and determination of the Great Egret. It’s a reminder to appreciate the wonders of the natural world that surround us each day. Our planet’s wildlife and ecosystems face mounting threats, so capturing compelling images can hopefully inspire others to protect and conserve these precious resources.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11 IS STM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: August 16, 2022 (09:12 A. M.)
- Program Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f11
- Shutter speed: 1/3200
- ISO: 1250 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: -2/3 EV
- Focal Length: 800 mm