I was able to witness and capture on camera a rare event: the mating ritual of a pair of Five-lined Skinks. This was a first-time experience for me.
This Broad-headed Skink was on a large cottonwood tree that was dead and near the auto tour road. This was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. During the breeding season, they develop orangish, engorged cheeks (thus broad-headed skink) like this one seems to have.
How I Got The Shot: Broad-headed Skink
I always stop at this log because it always has several Skinks on it during Spring and Summer. The log is located on the edge of Goss Field next to the road.
I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: May 23, 2021 (10:10 A. M.)
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 1250
- White Balance: Kelvin 6100
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Metering Mode: Evaluative
- Back-button Focus
- Continuous Auto Focus
- Exposure Compensation: 0
- Focal Length: 400 mm
- Processed With Luminar
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