Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

As a Wildlife Photographer, I know all too well the thrill of capturing that special moment in time. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a Pied-billed Grebe with a Crawdad at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad
Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

Here’s the story of how I got the shot.

Where I Was

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

What Equipment I Used

I was 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
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000 sec.
  • Focal Length: 400 mm