About Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Immature Bald Eagle

I photographed this Immature Bald Eagle at Charleston City Lake in Charleston, Arkansas.

Up until its fifth year, when it reaches sexual maturity, the immature Bald Eagle’s plumage is dark brown with haphazard white striping.

The term “bald eagle” actually refers to a bird that is “white headed,” not actually bald.

Immature Bald Eagle Immature Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus-leucocephalus)

Gear Used:

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

Technical:

  • Location: Charleston City Lake (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 15, 2023 (09:39 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500
  • ISO: 1000 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

Related Posts:

  1. Young Bald Eagle Close Up
  2. Young Bald Eagle In A Dead Cottonwood Tree
  3. Young Bald Eagle In Flight
2023-01-23T03:35:33-06:00January 23, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Immature Bald Eagle

Great Blue Heron Taking Off

I photographed this Great Blue Heron Taking Off from the deep section of the Charleston City Lake in Charleston, Arkansas.

Because of their size and ability to forage in deeper waters, Great Blue Herons can access habitats that are inaccessible to most other heron species.

The Great Blue Heron often forages in shallow waters, typically less than 2 feet deep, or along the water’s edge both during the day and at night, but notably at dawn and dusk.

Great Blue Heron Taking Off Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Taking Off

Here is the same Great Blue Heron lifting off from the Charleston City Lake Dam: Great Blue Heron Lifting Off

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF 800mm F11 IS STM

Technical:

I photographed this Bird while sitting in my pickup. I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

  • Location: Charleston City Lake (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 9, 2023 (10:59 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 3200 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: -4/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

Related Posts:

  1. Great Blue Heron With Wingtip Touching Water
  2. Great Blue Heron Unique Fishing Method
  3. Flying Great Blue Heron With Shad
2023-01-26T03:45:51-06:00January 22, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Great Blue Heron Taking Off

Squirrel Appreciation Day 2023

Christy Hargrove came up with the idea for Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001. She is from Asheville and works at the North Carolina Nature Center as a wild animal rehabilitator. She claims that the purpose of this holiday is to promote kindness and appreciation for squirrels.

Fox Squirrel On Squirrel Appreciation Day Fox Squirrel On Squirrel Appreciation Day

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 13, 2023 (09:12 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 1600 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
2023-01-20T15:09:57-06:00January 21, 2023|Categories: Squirrels|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Squirrel Appreciation Day 2023

Snow Goose Landing

I photographed this Snow Goose landing in a field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This was on January 17, 2023 and on this day I saw the most Snow Geese I have seen all winter. The numbers have been very low.

Snow Geese breed from late May to mid-August, although they spend more than half the year migrating to and from warmer wintering areas after leaving their breeding grounds. Snow Geese spend winters in warm regions of North America and breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northern tip of Siberia.

Snow Goose Landing Snow Goose Landing (Anser caerulescens)

Gear Used:

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

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 17, 2023 (11:45 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000
  • ISO: 2000 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

Related Posts:

  1. Snow Geese and Sunrise
2023-01-20T05:15:18-06:00January 20, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Snow Goose Landing

Downy Woodpecker With Beetle

As I was leaving the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma for the day, I spotted this Downy Woodpecker With Beetle.

During the summer and winter, Downy Woodpeckers forage on trees by picking at the bark’s surface. Insects are their main food source, but they also eat seeds and berries.

Downy Woodpecker With Beetle Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) With Beetle

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 13, 2023 (12:32 P. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
2023-01-18T03:39:21-06:00January 19, 2023|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Downy Woodpecker With Beetle
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