In the delightful company of my dear friend Mia McPherson, a passionate bird photographer hailing from Utah, our shared love for capturing wildlife moments led us on an adventure to unveil the breathtaking beauty of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Mia, who had graciously revealed to me her cherished photography locations in Utah, inspired me to reciprocate by showcasing my personal favorite spots in these enchanting states.

With Mia’s expertise in capturing birds on camera, and the abundance of bird species in my own yard, we decided to dedicate some time to photographing these magnificent creatures. Working together, we carefully selected the perfect perches to enhance our bird photography experience. Driftwood, with its rustic charm, became our go-to choice, so we embarked on a short trip to the nearby Arkansas River to find suitable pieces.

Once we returned with the chosen perch and positioned it near the bird feeders, Mia set up her camera on my deck. From this vantage point, she captured countless remarkable images of the Eastern birds that frequented my yard. Mia alerted me to a fascinating sight—a Red-bellied Woodpecker Fledgling had taken its place on the perch. Unable to resist the opportunity, I aimed my camera and successfully snapped a photo of the fledgling being fed by what Mia identified as the male parent.

Red-bellied Woodpecker Fledgling Being Fed

Red-bellied Woodpecker Fledgling Being Fed

Equipment Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical Details:

  • Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: June 12, 2023 (4:11 P. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250
  • ISO: 3200 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +0.3
  • Focal Length: 500 mm