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.
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.
- 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)