American Robin With Caterpillar

American Robin With Caterpillar - Fort Smith Historic Site - Arkansas

American Robin With Caterpillar - Fort Smith Historic Site - Arkansas

Last Monday I posted a couple of photos of an American Robin. I wrote that these birds were a symbol of spring (American Robin A Symbol Of Spring). Today's photo is of an American Robin that has a caterpillar in its beak.

The weather was nice for a few days and these birds were active but the weather has now changed. We have a chance of snow in parts of Arkansas today. It is 39 °F (3.89 °C) where I am but it will drop to 17 °F (-8.33 °C) by Monday morning. That's cold for Arkansas in March.

I'm sure this cold weather will not last long and signs of spring will be back in a couple of weeks. The American Robin will be gathering nesting material soon.

How I Got The Shot - American Robin

I was at the Fort Smith National Historic Site here in Arkansas where I like to go to photograph birds. I was walking a trail when I spotted several Robins moving leaves and picking up caterpillars. A park bench was nearby, so I was able to sit and support my camera on my knee.

I was shooting at a low shutter speed trying to keep the ISO at 800. I was supporting the camera on my knee, so I thought I could get by with this low shutter speed. I got lucky and got several sharp photos of this American Robin.

I had my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/160 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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