Nature has a way of creating some of the most captivating scenes and moments, and as a photographer, it’s a privilege to be able to capture those memories. One such moment happened recently when I came upon a Great Egret hunting for its next meal. The scene was breathtaking as the bird stood still, gazing into the water, waiting for the right moment to strike. And then, in a flash, it plunged its beak into the water and emerged with a small minnow in its beak.

I photographed this Great Egret in an area called Minor’s Cove, which is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Great Egret With Minnow Close-up

Great Egret With Minnow Close-up

Great Egrets are majestic birds with striking white plumage, long neck, and sharp beak. They are known for their fishing skills and are often seen hunting near bodies of water. This photo captures the moment when the bird successfully caught its prey and the minnow is seen up close, suspended in the beak of the Egret.

Nature photography is not just about capturing images, it’s about capturing the essence of the moment and the beauty of the subject. This photo of a Great Egret with a minnow close-up is a testament to that. It showcases the skill and patience of the bird and the delicate balance of the natural world.

In conclusion, I hope this photo inspires you to appreciate the beauty of nature and to look at the world around you with a fresh perspective. Remember to always be respectful of wildlife and their habitats, and to only take photographs that do not disturb the natural balance. Happy shooting!

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF 800 mm F11 IS STM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 16, 2022 (09:12 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: -2/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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