I spotted a Cinnamon Raccoon back on April 2018. I came across it at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma while driving around. I have watched for it ever since, wanting to get a better photo.

On 07-02-2018, I was photographing several Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Miner’s Cove which is an area at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This Cinnamon Raccoon waded into the water and began searching for a meal. It came close several times and I was able to get lots of photos. I’m not sure if this is the same one I saw back on April 2018. It looks darker but that could be because it is wet.

On 07-03-2018 I was back in this same area and I saw it again during the same time period. I was able to get even more photos.

Something I also noticed in my photos is that this Raccoon looks blind or partially blind in its left eye. I can see a dead spot!

Cinnamon Raccoon
Cinnamon Raccoon

Here is a photo of another light color Raccoon I took April 8, 2020: Maybe Related To Cinnamon Raccoon

How I Got The Shot – Cinnamon Raccoon

I parked on the side of the tour road at Miner’s Cove which is just north of the 4-corners intersection (Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge). I had my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was using a Canon EF 100 – 400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 1000
  • Shutter speed 1/1600
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Evaluative Metering
  • Focal Length 400 mm
  • -0.3 exposure value


Be patient with wildlife! Animals are unpredictable, and sometimes you may have to wait longer to get the ideal shot.