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Common Grackle

July 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I photographed this Common Grackle while sitting in my pickup at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was in the same area (Miner's Cove) that I have been posting about this week (Green Heron and Howling Raccoon). These birds like to hang around shallow water and this is a good location to see and photograph them.

How I Got The Shot - Common Grackle

 

Once again I was parked on the side of the tour road near Miner's Cove at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I arrived just before daylight (July 17th) and placed a bean bag over the open window of my pickup. At 06:26 this Common Grackle flew in and landed on a fence post sticking out of the water. I was using a  Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. I was shooting with a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second at f5.6. The ISO was at 1000 which is higher than I normally like to shoot at with this camera. I also like shooting at a faster shutter speed, usually around 1/640 and above but with birds I like shooting  1/1250 and above. This was in a low light area and I have been getting some good results with my shutter speed at 1/200. I didn't want to go any higher with the ISO so I decided to get a few photos of this bird at this shutter speed. It turned out good. I had the exposure mode set at manual with auto ISO and evaluative metering. I was using single point, continuous autofocus and I would keep the autofocus point over the eye.

 

Common Grackle - 7391-180617Common Grackle - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.


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