Female Dark-eyed Junco – Ouachita Mountains

By | March 31, 2020

This is a photo of a female Dark-eyed Junco that I photographed on the March 28, 2016. This was at my place in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. These are some of the most abundant birds I see when I am out hiking during the winter. They also flock to my feeders, but it is difficult to photograph one on a nice perch. Most of the time they like feeding on the ground underneath the feeder.

Female Dark-eyed Junco
Female Dark-eyed Junco

How I Got The Shot – Female Dark-eyed Junco

A flock of these birds were feeding in my yard. I had a small ground blind that I was sitting in. I was hand holding a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens attached.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f6.3
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/1000 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  •  Exposure Compensation – +1/3 EV
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm
Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.