I see lots of Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Rain Crow) at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They are difficult for me to photograph because they hide well in the trees.

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) is a migratory bird species that breeds in North America and winters in Central and South America. It is a medium-sized bird, with a distinctive yellow bill and gray-brown plumage. Its diet consists mainly of caterpillars, insects, and occasionally fruit. The species has declined in recent decades due to habitat loss and degradation, but some populations are stable or increasing.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: July 26, 2022 (06:46 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/640
  • ISO: 6400
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 500 mm