Pied-billed Grebe In Water Reflection

Pied-billed Grebe - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Pied-billed Grebe - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

I photographed this Pied-billed Grebe at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was in an area called Tuff Pond. Tuff Pond is located to the right of the tour road when you turn right before the Tuff Boat Ramp.

Pied-billed Grebes are found in freshwater wetlands with emergent vegetation, such as cattails. They are occasionally found in salt water. When breeding they are found in emergent vegetation near open water. They may live near rivers, but prefer still water. They can be found in higher elevations when migrating. They will breed in restored and artificial wetlands.

How I Got The Shot - Pied-billed Grebe

I like to use a fast shutter speed when I want to capture a reflection. This helps with the ripples in the water and any other movement. A smaller aperture seems to bring out details and stronger reflections.

I had my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was using a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/2500 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 500. Do to the bright sun and the white on the bird, I had a -.03 Exposure Value. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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