An American Crow at the Forest’s Edge

Today I’m sharing an American Crow photo I took last September near the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. This closeup shows the crow standing on the ground, looking a bit ruffled. While not the most exciting pose, I like the details visible in this shot.

American Crow at Forest's Edge
Closeup of an American Crow in Arkansas

The crow was molting when I photographed it, which accounts for its disheveled appearance. Getting closeups like this isn’t easy. To capture this image, I set up a ground blind on my property bordering the national forest. The blind sits at the edge of a clearing planted with winter rye and clover to attract deer. But right around 3:30-4:00 pm each day, this crow would show up to feed.

American Crows are common, yet I don’t have many good photos of them. Their wary nature makes close-up photography a challenge. This particular crow allowed me to snap a few frames before it flew off. I’m glad I was able to capture the details of its feathers and facial features.

While this crow isn’t doing anything exciting, I appreciate the opportunity to photograph a species I’ve seen hundreds of times, but rarely up close. I hope you enjoy this close encounter with an American Crow as much as I did!

Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer

Image Information:

Date: 9/13/22
Time: 3:42:10 PM
Camera: Canon EOS R7
Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
ISO: 640
Aperture: 7.1
Shutter: 1/800

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