Young Bald Eagle In A Dead Cottonwood Tree

I was traveling the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when I spotted a pair of bald eagles perched in a large dead cottonwood tree. One young eagle, seemingly unafraid, remained in the tree even as I drove closer, allowing me to capture numerous photographs.

A Young Bald Eagle On A Large Dead Limb
A Young Bald Eagle On A Large Dead Limb

Shooting from inside my pickup truck, I realized I couldn’t use my beanbag as the eagle was directly above me. Opting for handheld photography, I carefully steadied my camera and lens for the shots.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


  • Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: March 28, 2021 (08:36 A. M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/1800 (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 400 mm