Wildlife photographer Steve Creek shares the story and photos behind capturing a series of images of a yawning Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.
I photographed this Yellow-crowned Night-Heron eating a Crayfish at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma back in June 2017. They appear at this refuge during this month and I can usually find them close to the tour road after a rain.
The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron eats mainly crustaceans (crabs and crayfish) as well as insects, some fish or worms. It can also feed on lizards, small rodents and small birds. The main thing I see these birds eating on at this refuge is crayfish.
How I Got The Shot – Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
I spotted this Heron close to the tour road in the area of Miner’s Cove. It was busy catching Crayfish and didn’t pay me any attention. I was able to park my pickup on the side of the road to get this shot.
I had my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was using a Canon EF 100 – 400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/320 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 1000. White Balance on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.