The Stocky Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Pied-billed Grebe - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma


I photographed this Pied-billed Grebe at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, when I drive up on them they usually swim away. Sometimes I get lucky and can park in an area that they are in, and they will come closer. This was one of those times.

A pair of them were in the area diving, and I was hoping to get a photo of them catching crayfish or tadpoles. They did lots of diving, but they came up without anything.

They were also very vocal with each other. They have a unique and loud call. I read that mating season of Pied-billed Grebes takes place during April and May. A pair of birds are able to produce 2 broods per season.

How I Got The Shot - Pied-billed Grebe

I photographed this one at the Sally Jones West Causeway. This causeway is located on the north-west side of the tour road, if your driving west the birds are on the left side of the road.

I had my camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and 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 1/500 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. I also had a +1.0 exposure value. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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