The Tree Swallows are in large numbers at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I see them chasing insects in the air, with acrobatic twists and turns. I photographed this one taking a break on a handrail at a fishing dock.

Tree Swallow Resting
Tree Swallow Resting

How I Got The Shot – Tree Swallow Taking A Break

These birds are in large flocks and I see them landing on plants sticking out of the water. They are too far for a good photo. Several days ago I saw several on the handrail of a fishing and boat dock (Tuff Boat Ramp). I parked and walked up to this one for a photo.

I was hand-holding a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Taken on April 26, 2020, at 07:49 A.M.

Camera Settings

  • 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 – 0 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

You can see a larger view of this photo on my Flickr page: Tree Swallow