“A Photographic Journey to Charleston Lake: The Eastern Bluebird and its Blue Barrel Perch”

Yesterday, I had the privilege of capturing images of the Double-crested Cormorants feasting on shad at Charleston Lake in Charleston, Arkansas (as described in my blog post “The Cormorant’s Quick Bite“). After spending some time with the cormorants, I spotted an Eastern Bluebird perched atop a blue barrel right in front of my pickup truck. In order to take a clear shot, I had to open the door and use the door frame to support my camera and lens.

The Eastern Bluebird on a Blue Barrel

The Eastern Bluebird on a Blue Barrel

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11 IS STM


  • Location: Charleston City Lake (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: February 12, 2023 (09:59 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600
  • ISO: 1000 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 800 mm (Fixed)