Pied-billed Grebe Swallowing Fish

By | April 2, 2020

When I saw this Pied-billed Grebe trying to swallow this fish yesterday, I didn’t think it was going to succeed. Because of the size of this fish, I’m amazed that it was able to capture and carry the fish to the surface. They dive to get food. It took this bird only a few seconds to swallow the fish.

Pied-billed Grebe Swallowing Fish
Pied-billed Grebe Swallowing Fish

How I Got The Shot – Pied-billed Grebe Swallowing Fish

I parked at Miner’s Cove which is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I’m using a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 1600
  • Shutter speed – 1/640 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

Here Are A Few Birds I Photographed Swallowing Fish

  1. Great Blue Heron With Captured Fish
  2. Double-crested Cormorant With A Shad
  3. Great Blue Heron With Minnow
  4. Double-crested Cormorant Swallowing Shad
  5. Great Blue Heron With Freshwater Drum
Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.