Photographing this Ring-billed Gull leaving the water with a shad was exciting and fast paced. It makes it worthwhile sitting on cold rocks and freezing my butt off. This was at Robert S. Kerr Reservoir (Kerr Dam) near Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

Ring-billed Gull With Shad
Ring-billed Gull With Shad

How I Got The Shot – Ring-billed Gull Leaving Water With Shad

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 this time. I get down in the rocks close to the water and wait for sunrise. As soon as I get enough light I start photographing the birds that are feeding near the Dam. I try to brace the camera and lens on my knee as I’m shooting.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/2500 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm