birds

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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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

 

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

Red-winged Blackbird Territorial Display

I photographed this Red-winged Blackbird at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I photographed it doing a territorial display. Males display their red wing patches by hunching their shoulders forward. They will also lower and spread their tail.

Red-winged Blackbird Displaying
Red-winged Blackbird Displaying
Red winged Blackbird Display
Red winged Blackbird Display

How I Got The Shot – Red-winged Blackbird Territorial Display

These birds are on the west side of the auto tour road before you get to the Tuff boat ramp. You can also see them near the water after you make the first turn. When I see one of these birds perched near the road, I park and begin photographing.

I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. On the second photo I used a Canon 1.4x III extender.

Camera Settings First Photo

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8.0
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/1600 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – +1/2 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Camera Settings Second Photo