Let me introduce you to the stunning and rare Leucistic Bald Eagle! Recently, while exploring the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I had the privilege of capturing this magnificent bird through my lens. The sight of this eagle soaring through the sky with its pristine white feathers was a truly breathtaking experience that left me in a state of complete and utter awe.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Leucistic Bald Eagles, they are a rare and unique variety of the Bald Eagle species. Leucism is a genetic condition that causes a partial loss of pigmentation in an animal’s skin, hair, or feathers. As a result, these eagles have a striking appearance, with pure white feathers that shine like a beacon of light.
The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is a photographer’s paradise, and the Leucistic Bald Eagle was undoubtedly the cherry on top of an already incredible experience. The emotions that flooded me as I snapped photos of this bird will stay with me forever. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the beauty and rarity of this creature through my lens.
During my time at the refuge, I was fortunate enough to spot this eagle in several locations, including near the auto tour road. I managed to capture the first photo while hand-holding my camera and lens, and the other one was taken from inside my pickup.
If you’re a wildlife photography enthusiast or simply a lover of the great outdoors, I highly recommend making a pilgrimage to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. You never know what incredible creatures you might encounter, and with a bit of luck, you may even catch a glimpse of a Leucistic Bald Eagle in all its glory.
In conclusion, the Leucistic Bald Eagle is a testament to the diversity and beauty of nature. It’s a rare and awe-inspiring sight that fills the heart with joy and wonder. I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to witness and capture the beauty of this creature through my photography.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date Taken: February 8 and 11, 2022
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
- Shutter speed: 1/3200 On All These Photos
- ISO: 1000 to 1600 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 800 mm