Opossums

Opossum #5

I photographed this Opossum on the side of the auto tour road located at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was hand-holding my camera and lens (no tripod).

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Opossum

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: April 6, 2022 (07:28 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500
  • ISO: 25600 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

Opossum Searching For Food

I came across this Opossum searching for food on the side of the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was finding and eating something but I couldn’t see what it was.

Opossum Searching Through Vegetation
Opossum Searching Through Vegetation

How I Got The Shot – Opossum Searching For Food

I parked a short distance from the Opossum and exited my pickup. I waited for it to walk toward me. I was hand-holding my camera and lens. I got a few quick photos and left the Opossum to continue its search. I don’t think it knew I was around.

Technical:

• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: June 4, 2020
• Aperture: f5.6
• Shutter speed: 1/280 sec.
• ISO: 3200
• Exposure Bias: +0.33 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 400 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM
• Camera: Fujifilm X-T3

Here are two more photos of Opossums I have photographed: Opossum Watching Me and Opossum Before The Flood

Opossum Before The Flood

I photographed this Opossum on May 19, 2019, at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma before it flooded.

This Refuge is now under water due to flooding. This flood is breaking all kinds of records for Oklahoma and Arkansas. More rain is on the way! The Arkansas River reached 38.2 feet on Sunday near Fort Smith, Arkansas, surpassing the historic crest of 38.1 feet in April 1945. It is predicted to reach 42.5 feet by today.

Opossum Walking Through Grass
An Opossum walking through grass at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

The day I photographed this Opossum I saw four of them running together. I am guessing this was males chasing a female because three of them were following one Opossum in particular. From what I read the Opossum breeding season can start as early as December and continue through October with most infants born between February and June. These Opossums were also very vocal and aggressive to each other.

How I Got The Shot

I spotted this Opossum walking the side of the tour road. I parked my pickup a distance away and walked until I got close enough to get these photos.

I was hand holding my Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. [Read More…]