Great Blue Heron Eating A Fish Close-up

I photographed this Great Blue Heron Eating A Fish Close-up at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Their diet includes a significant amount of fish. They consume a wide range of species, including bass, carp, sunfish, and minnows. Due to their ravenous appetites, great blue herons regularly consume up to 2 pounds of fish each day.

Great Blue Heron Eating A Fish Close-up Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Eating A Fish Close-up

I photographed this Great Blue Heron while sitting in my pickup. I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF 800mm F11 IS STM

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 3, 2023 (11:47 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500
  • ISO: 2500 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: -2 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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2023-01-29T03:43:11-06:00January 29, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Great Blue Heron Eating A Fish Close-up

Great Blue Heron With Wingtip Touching Water

I photographed this Great Blue Heron With Wingtip Touching Water while I was at the Charleston City Lake in Charleston, Arkansas. The Great Blue Heron dove off of a platform in the lake (Great Blue Heron Unique Fishing Method) and caught the fish. It then flies with the fish to the bank to swallow it.

Great Blue Heron Wingtip Touching Water Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Wingtip Touching Water

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF 800mm F11 IS STM

Technical:

  • Location: Charleston City Lake (Arkansas
  • Date and Time Taken: January 10, 2023 (09:04 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: -1/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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2023-01-11T07:17:10-06:00January 12, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Great Blue Heron With Wingtip Touching Water

Great Blue Heron Unique Fishing Method

I photographed this Great Blue Heron using a different method of fishing. It would stand on the platform and look for fish. When it saw one it would jump off the platform and catch the fish. You can see in my photo that it would go in head first. Sometimes the Great Blue Heron would miss but most of the time it was successful.

Great Blue Heron Diving Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Diving

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Charleston City Lake (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 10, 2023 (8:34 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000
  • ISO:5000 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
2023-01-11T04:07:50-06:00January 11, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Great Blue Heron Unique Fishing Method

Pied-billed Grebe With Fish

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)

Technical:

  • 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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2023-01-24T03:56:46-06:00March 26, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pied-billed Grebe With Fish
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