This Opossum was digging in a pile of fertilizer that was in an old cornfield at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I believe this is chicken litter that the farmers use for fertilizer because I can see white feathers mixed in. (Taken on February 12, 2014)

He kept his eyes on me for a few seconds and then went back to digging.

Opossum Looking Toward Me
Opossum Looking Toward Me
Opossum Looking At Me
Opossum Looking At Me

How I Got The Shot – Opossum Watching Me

The Farmers would dump this fertilizer in February or March and I would keep watch for wildlife that would be seen digging in it. I have gotten several Coyotes this way.

I had my Canon EOS 7D camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens attached and resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8.0
  • ISO 320
  • Shutter speed – 1/1250 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  •  Exposure Bias – -2/3 EV
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Here is another one of my photos of an Opossum: Opossum Before The Flood