The Secretive Sora Bird

The Sora is a hard bird to get a photo of. I got lucky and could see and photograph this one while at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

They are a small waterbird that are more often heard than seen.

Sora Bird
Sora Bird

How I Got The Shot – Sora

I was photographing a Red-winged Blackbird feeding on the ground near the auto tour road. The Sora walked out of the vegetation feeding on what looked to be snails. It was close to my pickup which made it difficult to photograph because of the long lens I was using.

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

Taken on April 30, 2020

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8.0
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/1000 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – +1 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 700 mm

Here is another bird I got lucky to photograph: Orchard Oriole

2022-12-28T04:34:06-06:00May 12, 2020|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 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

2022-12-28T04:52:26-06:00April 28, 2020|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Red-winged Blackbird Territorial Display

Prothonotary Warbler Are Tolerant Of Humans

This Prothonotary Warbler came close to my pickup while I was photographing a Barred Owl. This was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This seems to be the best way for me to photograph these birds because they seem to check me out when I am in their territory. I read that the Prothonotary Warbler are tolerant of humans and I believe this.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

How I Got The Shot – Prothonotary Warbler

I was parked on the auto tour road photographing a Barred Owl when this bird flew and landed in front of me. I was west of the 4-corners intersection in the curve. Both birds were on the west side of the road. (It was a foggy morning).

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 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/250 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – +1/2 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm
2022-12-28T05:01:32-06:00April 25, 2020|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Prothonotary Warbler Are Tolerant Of Humans

Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

This is a great time to photograph the Pied-billed Grebe at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I see them in several areas of this refuge. This one caught a Crawdad and was getting read to swallow it.

Here is another one I photographed on April,1: Pied-billed Grebe Swallowing Fish

Pied billed Grebe With Crawdad
Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

How I Got The Shot – Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

I was driving the auto tour road (8:45 a.m.) when I spotted the Pied-billed Grebe diving under water near the road. I pulled over and waited for it to resurface. When, it did it came up with the Crawdad. This was at a place called Tuff Pond which is near the Tuff Boat Ramp.

This bird kept its back to me while I was shooting and at first I didn’t think I would get a good photo. The sun was also bright during this time of the morning.

I’m using a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. 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 f7.1
  • ISO 1000
  • Shutter speed – 1/4000 sec.
  • Auto [Read More…]
2020-05-16T05:07:57-05:00April 19, 2020|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pied-billed Grebe With Crawdad

Great Blue Heron After Grooming

After this Great Blue Heron finished grooming it posed like this facing the sunrise. The way that it had its wings and neck feathers I thought made for a cool looking photograph.

I photographed this bird for two mornings while at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It had a great spot for catching shad and it didn’t seem to care about people in the area.

Great Blue Heron After Grooming
Great Blue Heron After Grooming

How I Got The Shot – Great Blue Heron After Grooming

As I wrote in my other blog posts in reference to this Great Blue Heron, it was near the bridge at Horton Slough. The bridge is before you go through the gate to start the auto tour road. I sat on a park bench across from the Heron with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a EF500 mm f/4L IS USM lens on a tripod.

My other photos of this Great Blue heron:

Great Blue Heron Catching Two Shad

 Great Blue Heron Catching Shad

Great Blue Heron Reflection In Water

2020-01-07T04:41:34-06:00January 7, 2020|Categories: Birds|Tags: , |0 Comments
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