great egret

A Great Egret Preening

Capturing a Great Egret preening was unforgettable - an elegant bird with a stunning wingspan made for a fantastic wildlife photography experience.

Great Egret With Tadpole

I captured a remarkable moment as I observed a majestic Great Egret with a tadpole in its beak. This encounter was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge...

Great Egret With Shad

This Great Egret was catching Shad near the Great Blue Heron with the fishing lure stuck in its foot (Heron Eating Well With An Injury). This was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Great Egret With Shad
Great Egret With Shad
Great Egret With Shad
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Great Egret With Shad #3

How I Got The Photo: Great Egret With Shad

I was sitting on a chair that I carry with me in my pickup when I know I will be sitting for a long time photographing something. I was sitting in an area near the bridge that is close to the entrance to the auto tour road. 

This Great Egret landed next to a Great Blue Heron I was photographing.

I had my bean bag on a guard rail supporting my camera and lens.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5                            
  • Lens:  Canon EF 800 mm f/11 


Great Egret With Crayfish

This Great Egret with Crayfish was hunting in a ditch on the tour road (Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge), and it didn’t seem to care that I was parked across the road from it.  Several people drove by, and it continued to stay in the ditch near the road. These birds don’t do this very often, so I was lucky. I was able to spend several minutes photographing this Egret.

Great Egret With Crayfish
Great Egret With Crayfish

How I Got The Shot: Great Egret With Crayfish

This area has been getting lots of rain the past few weeks and the roadside ditches have standing water in them. Numerous frogs and crayfish are in these ditches which are drawing in the wildlife to feed on them. 

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

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: April 25, 2018 (09:46 A. M.)
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500
  • ISO: 640
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
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