Eastern Whip-poor-will Feigning Injury

By | July 3, 2020

I have a trail on my property that leads into the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I was walking this trail when an Eastern Whip-poor-will flew in front of me acting injured. I knew it had to have a nest nearby, and I spotted two eggs laying on the ground near the trail.

This is the second ground nesting bird that I have accidentally discovered this year. The first was a Wild Turkey sitting on eggs: Wild Turkey Eggs

Eastern Whip-poor-will Feigning Injury
Eastern Whip-poor-will Feigning Injury
Eastern Whip-poor-will Eggs
Eastern Whip-poor-will Eggs

How I Got The Shot – Eastern Whip-poor-will Feigning Injury

This Eastern Whip-poor-will acted injured on the trail in front of me and when I got my camera up for the shot it flew to a tree limb. I took a quick photo of the bird and the eggs and left the area. (I was hand-holding the camera and lens.)

Technical:

• Location: Near the Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
• Date Taken: June 27, 2020
• Aperture: f5.6
• Shutter speed: 1/52 sec.
• ISO: 3200
• Exposure Bias: +0.67 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 400 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
• Camera: Fujifilm X-T3