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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  3. Flying Great Blue Heron With Shad
  4. Great Blue Heron Lifting Off
2023-01-29T03:43:11-06:00January 29, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Great Blue Heron Eating A Fish Close-up

Coyote Standing In Field

I photographed this Coyote in a field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It had just crossed the auto tour road in front of my pickup.

Coyotes cover 3 to 10 miles of ground per day. They are more active at dusk and the start of the night than they are during the day.

Coyote Standing In Field Coyote (Canis latrans) Standing In Field

I photographed this Coyote 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: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: December 21, 2022 (08:35 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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  1. Coyote Pup Taking A Break
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  4. Coyote Wading Slough
  5. Coyote Slinking By
  6. Coyote At Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

 

2023-01-27T04:05:55-06:00January 27, 2023|Categories: Coyote|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Coyote Standing In Field

Squirrel Appreciation Day 2023

Christy Hargrove came up with the idea for Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001. She is from Asheville and works at the North Carolina Nature Center as a wild animal rehabilitator. She claims that the purpose of this holiday is to promote kindness and appreciation for squirrels.

Fox Squirrel On Squirrel Appreciation Day Fox Squirrel On Squirrel Appreciation Day

Gear Used:

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

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 13, 2023 (09:12 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 1600 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
2023-01-20T15:09:57-06:00January 21, 2023|Categories: Squirrels|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Squirrel Appreciation Day 2023

Snow Goose Landing

I photographed this Snow Goose landing in a field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This was on January 17, 2023 and on this day I saw the most Snow Geese I have seen all winter. The numbers have been very low.

Snow Geese breed from late May to mid-August, although they spend more than half the year migrating to and from warmer wintering areas after leaving their breeding grounds. Snow Geese spend winters in warm regions of North America and breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northern tip of Siberia.

Snow Goose Landing Snow Goose Landing (Anser caerulescens)

Gear Used:

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

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 17, 2023 (11:45 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000
  • ISO: 2000 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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2023-01-20T05:15:18-06:00January 20, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Snow Goose Landing

Downy Woodpecker With Beetle

As I was leaving the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma for the day, I spotted this Downy Woodpecker With Beetle.

During the summer and winter, Downy Woodpeckers forage on trees by picking at the bark’s surface. Insects are their main food source, but they also eat seeds and berries.

Downy Woodpecker With Beetle Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) With Beetle

Gear Used:

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

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 13, 2023 (12:32 P. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
2023-01-18T03:39:21-06:00January 19, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Downy Woodpecker With Beetle
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