Was This Turkey Vulture Defecated On

I’m wondering if another Turkey Vulture defecated on this bird.

I read some Turkey Vultures will defecate on their legs when they get too warm in the summer months. They call this urohidrosis, and it accomplishes two things: it cools the skin on the legs and it “sterilizes” the skin against bacteria because the pH is so acidic.

Turkey Vulture Defecated On
Turkey Vulture Defecated On

I was walking one of the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge service roads when I spotted this Turkey Vulture. I was hand-holding my camera and lens.

Gear:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: January 17, 2013 (10:42 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 320
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Continuous Auto Focus
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4
2023-01-31T07:25:53-06:00January 28, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Was This Turkey Vulture Defecated On

Bald Eagle Grabs Fish

I photographed this Bald Eagle grabbing a fish while I was at Booneville Lake here in Arkansas. This is a great lake to view and photograph Bald Eagles in the winter.

Bald Eagle Grabs Fish
Bald Eagle Grabs Fish

I had my camera and lens mounted on a tripod and I was set up near the edge of the lake.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Booneville Lake, Logan County (Arkansas)
  • Date Taken: January 26, 2014
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 640
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Exposure Compensation: -2/3
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Continuous Auto Focus
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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2023-01-31T07:27:35-06:00January 26, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , |Comments Off on Bald Eagle Grabs Fish

A Great Blue Heron With A Small Shad

I photographed this Great Blue Heron with a small shad at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Great Blue Heron With Shad
Great Blue Heron With Shad

How I Got The Photo: A Great Blue Heron With A Small Shad

I saw this Great Blue Heron on the east side of the Horton Slough road bridge. I pulled over and got a few quick photos. I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: January 22, 2021 (09:41 A. M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500 (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 2000
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Multi
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: -3
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

 

2022-12-26T05:17:00-06:00January 24, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A Great Blue Heron With A Small Shad

Great Blue Heron Flying Over Charleston City Lake

I took this photo of a Great Blue Heron flying over Charleston City Lake here in Arkansas back in January 2014. I was at this lake photographing Bald Eagles and several Great Blue Heron were also hanging around. I was sitting in my pickup when this one flew across the lake in front of me. Using a vehicle as a blind works well for these birds most of the time because they are used to seeing vehicles in the area.

Great Blue Heron Over Charleston City Lake
Great Blue Heron Over Charleston City Lake

How I Got The Shot – Great Blue Heron

I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/1000 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: -1/3 EV
  • Spot Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm
2022-12-26T05:20:18-06:00January 1, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , |Comments Off on Great Blue Heron Flying Over Charleston City Lake

Orchard Oriole

I photographed this Orchard Oriole at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I have gotten glimpses of this bird over the years but this is the first time I could get a good photograph of it.

Orchard Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Orchard Oriole Searching For Food
Orchard Oriole Searching For Food

How I Got The Shot – Orchard Oriole

I was driving the auto tour road when I spotted this bird near the road. I had a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings – First Photo

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8.0
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/2000 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – +1/3 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Camera Settings – Second Photo

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/1250 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – +1/3 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Here is another bird that was difficult to photograph: The Secretive Sora Bird

2022-12-28T04:31:37-06:00May 13, 2020|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Orchard Oriole
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