Fluffy Eastern Kingbird

By | July 21, 2020

I photographed this fluffy Eastern Kingbird this past April while at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I read that birds fluff up in the cold to trap as much air in their feathers as possible. The more trapped air, the warmer the bird.

Fluffy Eastern Kingbird
Fluffy Eastern Kingbird

How I Got The Photo – Fluffy Eastern Kingbird

I was driving near the Tuff Boat Ramp when I saw this bird land on a small tree between the auto tour road and the river. I parked on the road with my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.


• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: April 30, 2020
• Aperture: f8.0
• Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec.
• ISO: 800
• Exposure Bias: -2/3 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 700 mm
• Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS USM with a Canon 1.4x III Extender
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Here is a photo I took of an Eastern Kingbird regurgitating a pellet: Eastern Kingbird Regurgitating Pellet