Great Blue Herons Tossing Fish: A Photographer’s Delight

By |2023-10-30T03:28:24-05:00October 30, 2023|Categories: Birds, Great Blue Herons, National Wildlife Refuges, Oklahoma, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A wildlife photographer shares images of Great Blue Herons tossing and catching fish at an Oklahoma wildlife refuge, discussing this unique hunting adaptation.

Pied-billed Grebe With Fish

By |2023-01-24T03:56:46-06:00March 26, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , |

I photographed this Pied-billed Grebe with Fish in an area known as Miners Cove. This is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The Pied-billed Grebe was swimming around in the cove with the fish. Most of the time they will swallow what they catch as soon as they surface. Because the fish was large the Grebe could not swallow it that quickly. It took a minute or two, but it swallowed it.

I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

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Pied-billed Grebe With Fish

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


  • Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: March 21, 2021 (09:25 A. M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/2400 (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 1250
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Multi
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: -0.33
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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