Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

By | April 19, 2020

This is a great time to photograph the Pied-billed Grebe at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I see them in several areas of this refuge. This one caught a Crawdad and was getting read to swallow it.

Here is another one I photographed on April,1: Pied-billed Grebe Swallowing Fish

Pied billed Grebe With Crawdad
Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

How I Got The Shot – Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

I was driving the auto tour road (8:45 a.m.) when I spotted the Pied-billed Grebe diving under water near the road. I pulled over and waited for it to resurface. When, it did it came up with the Crawdad. This was at a place called Tuff Pond which is near the Tuff Boat Ramp.

This bird kept its back to me while I was shooting and at first I didn’t think I would get a good photo. The sun was also bright during this time of the morning.

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 f7.1
  • ISO 1000
  • Shutter speed – 1/4000 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm