Dickcissel Singing From A Vine

Dickcissel - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Dickcissel - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

I photographed this male Dickcissel at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Driving the tour road this time of year you can hear these birds singing. They sound like they are singing their name. In fact, the sound they make is how they got their name.

Dickcissels migrate rather late to their breeding range, with the first only arriving in May, with most birds arriving only at the beginning of June. They nest in dense grasses or small shrubs near the ground, or in bushes and trees as high as 3–4 feet.

Males may have up to six mates, most of whom attract only one or two, and several of whom fail to attract any mates. But, if such "bachelors" survive until next summer, they will make another attempt to attract a mate, as the partners will only stay together to raise one brood. Dickcissels are thus among the few polygynous songbirds. When they leave at the beginning of August or so for winter quarters, what little pair bond there was during the summer breaks up. (Source: Wikipedia)

How I Got The Shot - Dickcissel

This bird was singing near the tour road next to Tuff Pond I was able to park my pickup a short distance from the bird.

I had my Fujifilm X-T3 camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/1500 of a second at f8 and the ISO at 1600. White Balance was set on auto.

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