Turkey Hen At The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

By | March 20, 2020

This is a photo of a Rio Grande Turkey hen I photographed back in March 2016 during this same week while at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The first thing I noticed on that trip were the wild Turkeys. They seem to be everywhere. You didn’t have to travel far on any of the refuge roads before you saw or heard Turkeys.

Wild Turkey Hen
Wild Turkey Hen

I was able to spot this Wild Turkey Hen early one morning heading for a small stream. She was with a large group of other hens that were several yards away and she was trying to catch up with them. She came walking past me and I was able to get this close photo of her.

I noticed the hens had great color which I read shows that they are in great health.

How I Got The Shot – Turkey Hen

I was outside my pickup hand holding a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a EF100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens attached.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f8.0
  • ISO 640
  • Shutter speed – 1/1250 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Exposure Compensation – -1/3 EV
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 330 mm
Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.