American Crow Close-up

American Crow - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

American Crow - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

The American Crow is a very common bird but the most difficult for me to photograph.

I got lucky and was able to get a close-up of this American Crow while at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was hanging around my campsite looking for food.

These birds seem to know when I have my camera and will not let me get close. These birds thrive around people so you would think I could photograph one.

How I Got The Shot - American Crow

The Crows were hanging around my campsite (Doris Campground - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma)

This one was perched in a nearby tree, and I was able to get a close-up profile shot.

I was hand holding my Canon EOS 7D with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/500 of a second at f8 and the ISO at 320. I also had a -0.3 exposure value because the sun was bright. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

I try to visit this refuge every year. I was born and spent the first 15 years of my youth in this area. This is an amazing refuge.

Description from website: The 59,020-acre Refuge hosts a rare piece of the past - a remnant mixed grass prairie, an island where the natural grasslands escaped destruction because the rocks underfoot defeated the plow.

The Refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, and white-tailed deer. Texas longhorn cattle also share the Refuge range lands as a cultural and historical legacy species. More than 50 mammals, 240 birds, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge.

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