American Kestrel Perched High In Tree

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to photograph an American Kestrel perched high in a tree at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

The American Kestrel is a tricky bird to approach, as one misstep could send it flying into the sky. However, with a patient demeanor and the aid of a telephoto lens, I was able to get close enough for a photo.

American Kestrel Perched High In Tree
American Kestrel Perched High In Tree

The American Kestrel – a mesmerizing species of falcon renowned for its vivid plumage and defining markings – presents a thrilling challenge for bird photographers. Found across North and South America, the American Kestrel’s agility and swift movements have made it a sought-after subject for those who seek to capture its beauty through the lens of a camera.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF 800mm F11 IS STM


I photographed this American Kestrel outside my pickup. I had my camera and lens resting on door frame of my pickup.

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 19, 2023 (08:36 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/320
  • ISO: 800 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 800 mm (Fixed)

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