Early Spring Box Turtle

By | April 13, 2020

I photographed this Box Turtle on the 8th of this month (April). It was crossing the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Three-toed box turtles are known to migrate seasonally. They like forested areas in early spring, summer, and late fall here in my area (Arkansas and East Oklahoma).

Early Spring Box Turtle
Early Spring Box Turtle

How I Got The Shot – Early Spring Box Turtle

This Three-toed Box Turtle was crossing the paved section of the auto tour road in the Sandtown Woods area. I parked and exited my pickup with 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. I also had my bean bag that I placed on the road to rest my camera and lens on. This was at 6:22 a.m. and I had the Refuge to myself so I didn’t have to worry about traffic. I took a few quick shots and waited to make sure the turtle crossed the road safely.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f7.1
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/125 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

A Few More Box Turtles I Photographed

  1. Moving Turtles From Road
  2. Colorful Three-toed Box Turtle
  3. Three-toed Box Turtle Close-up
  4. Three-toe Box Turtle Walking On Rocks