Great Blue Heron With Neck Extended

Great Blue Heron With Neck Extended - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Great Blue Heron With Neck Extended - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

I photographed this Great Blue Heron with its neck extended above the water at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma and when the Heron extends like this only the head and eyes move to find the prey.

The heron will fold its neck back when a potential meal comes close enough. Suddenly, its body unbends, its head plunges into the water and it catches its prey. Sometimes it will miss like it did this time.

This Great Blue Heron didn't stay in this area very long and I didn't see it catch anything. I think the reason is that the stuff floating in the water makes it difficult to see the prey. The white stuff floating in the water is from cottonwood trees. Theses small bits of cotton-like fibers surround cottonwood seeds and are released this time of year.

How I Got The Shot - Great Blue Heron

This Heron was in the Miner's Cove area which is located just south of the 4-corners intersection. I parked on the side of the tour road without disturbing this bird.

I had my Fujifilm X-T3 camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/1700 of a second at f8 and the ISO at 800. I also had a -1.0 exposure value. White Balance was set on auto.

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