Sneaky Green Heron: Capturing a Master Hunter

As a wildlife photographer, I’m always looking to capture unique animal behaviors in their natural habitats. Recently, I had the chance to photograph green herons at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, and witnessed one of these master hunters in action.

Green Heron The Patient Hunter
Green Heron The Patient Hunter
Green Heron Stalking Prey
Green Heron Stalking Prey

Green herons are quite common in North America, but many don’t realize what skilled hunters they are. Using stealth and patience, they are able to sneak up on unsuspecting prey in shallow water environments.

I came across this particular green heron stalking through the mud at Minor’s Cove. The heron stepped slowly and carefully, planting each foot silently as it approached the water’s edge. Its neck was stretched forward and body lowered – signs of an imminent attack.

Being able to capture the sequence of the heron’s cautious approach and intense focus on the hunt was thrilling. Photographing these birds in action provides unique insight into their hunting techniques and behaviors.

The images of this green heron exemplify the patience, cunning, and skill I strive to document as a wildlife photographer. I feel fortunate to have witnessed its hunting prowess firsthand, even if no prey was caught on this occasion. Moments like these remind me why I love photographing elusive species and highlighting their hidden behaviors.

Here is a fun fact about Green Herons:

The Green Heron is one of the few tool-using birds. They sometimes use small items such as twigs or insects as bait to lure in fish.

Gear Used:

  • 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 (09:17 A. M.)
  • Program Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600 and 1/2500
  • ISO: 1600 and 2000 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: -2/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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