On a trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I came across this beautiful Rio Grande Turkey hen. I was lucky enough to capture her on camera one morning when she was walking past me towards a small stream.
The refuge was teeming with wild turkeys and it seemed like wherever you looked or walked, you would either see or hear them. This particular hen was with a group of other hens that were a few yards away, trying to catch up.
One thing I noticed about these turkeys was their rich, vibrant colors, which I later learned is a sign of good health.
How I Got The Shot
I was standing outside my pickup truck, hand-holding my trusty Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a EF100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens attached. I was ready to capture this moment when the turkey hen came walking past me. It was a quick opportunity, but I was able to get a close shot of her before she disappeared into the distance.
- AV Mode
- Aperture f8.0
- ISO 640
- Shutter speed – 1/1250 sec.
- Exposure Compensation – -1/3 EV
- Focal Length – 330 mm
Here is a photo I took of a Wild Tom Turkey during that same visit: Wild Tom Turkey