During my visit to Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma on April 18, I had the pleasure of encountering a Little Blue Heron at Miner’s Cove. While I had been occupied with capturing images of the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons feeding on Crayfish, this unexpected appearance was a delightful surprise.
Observing the Little Blue Heron catching several Crayfish was an exceptional opportunity, but unfortunately, the distance was too great to obtain a crisp and focused photograph. Nonetheless, the experience was memorable and added another stunning moment to my wildlife photography collection.
Here are some interesting facts about Little Blue Herons:
- Little Blue Herons are wading birds that inhabit coastal areas, estuaries, and freshwater swamps across the southeastern United States, the Caribbean, and parts of Central and South America.
- The color of their feathers changes as they mature. Juvenile Little Blue Herons have white feathers with gray or blue-gray tips, while adults have all-blue feathers.
- They are expert hunters and feed on a variety of prey, including fish, crustaceans, insects, and small amphibians.
- Little Blue Herons have an interesting hunting technique where they stand motionless in shallow water, waiting for their prey to come close. Then, they quickly strike with their sharp bill to catch the prey.
- Although they are not considered endangered, their populations have been threatened by habitat loss and human disturbances. Therefore, conservation efforts are necessary to protect their habitat and ensure their survival.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM
I photographed this bird from inside my pickup truck, with my camera and lens resting on a beanbag draped over the open window for added stability.
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: April 18, 2023 (08:37 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f11
- Shutter speed: 1/3200
- ISO: 10000 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: +1/3
- Focal Length: 800 mm