I look forward to seeing and photographing the Dickcissel each spring at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Over the years I see fewer of these birds. I read that Dickcissel populations often fluctuate in numbers and they could relate this to changes in land use.

Their breeding habitat is fields and farmers in some regions consider them pests because flocks can consume large quantities of cultivated grains.

Dickcissel Singing
Dickcissel Singing

How I Got The Shot – Dickcissel

I spot these birds in fields near the auto tour road and just pull over to photograph them. I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Taken on April 26, 2020,  at 08:43 A.M.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8.0
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/2500 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – 0 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Here is another Dickcissel I photographed back in May 2019: Dickcissel Singing From Vine