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Great Egret Watching For Crayfish

July 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

On July 8th I was parked at Miner's Cove which is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. At about 07:20 a.m. a Great Egret came in close to where I was parked and I was able to get this closeup shot. I was hoping to get a photograph of it spearing a Crayfish but it left after not getting one. I knew it was going after Crayfish because I have been photographing other birds doing so. (Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Eating Crayfish Video)

 

How I Got The Shot - Great Egret

I arrived at this location before sunrise. I have been seeing lots of birds and other wildlife in this one spot so when I arrived at the Refuge I drove straight to this location (Miner's Cove). I had my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens on a beanbag. I also had a Canon EF 1.4X III Telephoto Extender attached to the lens. Because I had the extender on I was shooting at ƒ/8.0 but I was able to get a shutter speed of 1/2500 of a second. I had this fast shutter speed hoping it would spear a Crayfish. ISO was at 640 and I had the exposure mode set at manual with auto ISO and evaluative metering. White Balance was set on auto and I was using single point continuous autofocus.

 

Great Egret - 20180708-3424Great Egret - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

 

 


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