Trio of Raccoons in Tree

As I drove down the auto tour road at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, my eyes caught sight of three Raccoons perched in a tree. Positioned just before the 4-way intersection on the south side of the road, I quickly parked my pickup on the side of the road. Using a beanbag draped over the window of my pickup, I captured this photograph of the three Raccoons.

Trio of Raccoons
Trio of Raccoons

Excited by the action, I attempted to switch my camera to video mode to capture one of the Raccoons playfully pestering the others. Unfortunately, I had just purchased a new microphone for my camera, and it was not yet attached. Before I could remedy the situation, the Raccoons moved away from each other, and I missed my chance to record the scene. But, I learned from this experience and promised to be ready with the microphone for any future opportunities to capture wildlife in action.

It’s not uncommon for raccoons to climb trees and rest there during the day. They are excellent climbers and use trees as a safe place to sleep, avoid predators, and forage for food. Raccoons are also social animals and sometimes several individuals will rest together in the same tree, particularly during the winter months when they may huddle together for warmth.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: February 23, 2023 (09:45 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f10
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000
  • ISO: 2000 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 254 mm