I spent Saturday morning parked in the same area where I photographed a Barred Owl five days ago (Barred Owl On A Foggy Morning). This was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I didn’t have the heavy fog this time. The Barred Owl was closer to my pickup this time, and I could get up close photos.

Barred Owl Up Close
Barred Owl Up Close

How I Got The Shot – Barred Owl

I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

The Barred Owl was west of the 4-corners intersection in the S curve of the auto tour road. It was on the west side of the road. I first saw the Owl on the east side of the road but I parked and waited hoping it would move to the west side. The west side would give me better light. After almost an hour it finally flew to the west side.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 2000
  • Shutter speed – 1/320 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – +1 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Here Are A Few More Photos Of Barred Owls

  1. Barred Owl In Flooded Timber
  2. Pair Of Barred Owl Fledglings
  3. Barred Owl At Miner’s Cove