Great Horned Owl At Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Great Horned Owl - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Great Horned Owl - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

I have been seeing a Great Horned Owl at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. These photos are not it!

The Great Horned Owl that I have been seeing has been in the same area of the tour road, but I am not able to get a photo I like. (The section of the tour road that leads to the 4-way intersection. About mid-way). I see it at sunrise and I either don't have enough light or it will be in a terrible spot for a clean photo.

One morning I was able to watch it fly into one of the large cottonwood trees with a meal. I couldn't see what it had because it was dark.

The last time I saw a Great Horned Owl was back in 2011 and this is when I took these photos. It was catching gophers.

Great Horned Owl - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Great Horned Owl - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

How I Got The Shot - Great Horned Owl

I spotted this Great Horned Owl on the road leading to the Moody Boat Ramp. I was able to drive past it to get turned around so that I could photograph it from the driver side of my pickup. It was on the west side of the road and the sun was beginning to rise.

I was using a Canon EOS 1D Mark 3 with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens on a bean bag draped over the open window.

I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/1250 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 500. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

The Raccoon I posted about back on March 20th is still in the same spot (Raccoon In Hollow Tree).

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