Great Egret With Sunfish

Great Egret With Sunfish - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Great Egret With Sunfish - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

I photographed this Great Egret catching a Sunfish at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

They are like the Great Blue Heron when it comes to how they catch a meal.

The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill, which it uses as a spear. It often waits motionless for prey, or slowly stalks its victim. (Source - Wikipedia)

How I Got The Shot - Great Egret

I was able to pull up close to this Great Egret in my pickup. It was just past the Tuff boat ramp on the river side of the tour road.

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 1/200 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 640. I also had a -0.7 exposure value. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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