Sneaky Great Blue Heron
I spotted this Great Blue Heron this past Saturday at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was standing it a clump of grass trying to spear fish swimming by. I have seen these birds in the tall grass before, but this time it looked extra sneaky to me. This was a small clump of grass with no other plants around.
I watched this Heron until it flew away and I never did see it succeed in catching anything.
The most commonly employed hunting technique of the species is wading slowly with its long legs through shallow water and quickly spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. Although usually ponderous in movements, the great blue heron is adaptable in its fishing methods. Feeding behaviors variably have consisted of standing in one place, probing, pecking, walking at slow speeds, moving quickly, flying short distances and alighting, hovering over water and picking up prey, diving headfirst into the water, alighting on water feet-first, jumping from perches feet-first, and swimming or floating on the surface of the water. (Source: Wikipedia)
How I Got The Shot - Great Blue Heron
I spotted this Great Blue Heron while driving the tour road. I had my camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was using a Fujifilm X-T3 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 1/480 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 160. White Balance was set on auto. I was using zone AF and the 3×3 box, continuous auto focus with multi metering.
Here is a photo of a Great Blue Heron I posted a few days ago: Eye Of A Great Blue Heron