Boy, did this young Water Moccasin on the auto tour road get upset! A utility terrain vehicle passing by really got it worked up. I’m sure me being around had something to do with it, too, but it definitely wasn’t a fan of the sound or movement of the UTV. A refuge employee was waiting for me to finish so he could get by without disturbing me, so I motioned to him that I was done. But when he drove by, it really got the snake going. Another photographer showed up and I let him take my spot, and this young Water Moccasin finally left the road once he was done. I made sure it was safe and out of harm’s way.

Upset Young Water Moccasin
Upset Young Water Moccasin

I was able to get the shot I wanted by being outside my pickup and hand-holding my camera at the Sally Jones West Causeway in the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.


• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: June 9, 2020
• Aperture: f8.0
• Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
• ISO: 1600
• Exposure Bias: +1 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 360 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
• Camera: Fujifilm X-T3

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