Painted Buntings at two different locations in Oklahoma

Painted Buntings at two different locations in Oklahoma


1/500 sec, 5.6 ISO: 2500 Manual Mode @500mm: w/ Nikon 500 Lens: 200-500mm f/5.6 on 7-14-18 at 7:53 a.m.

1/500 sec, 5.6 ISO: 2500 Manual Mode @500mm: w/ Nikon 500 Lens: 200-500mm f/5.6 on 7-14-18 at 7:53 a.m.

This photo was taken in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR) on 7-14-2018 at 7:53 a.m. It was a tricky morning with it being overcast. The sun was behind this female Painted Bunting, and I was surprised that I was able to get a decent photo with the tough conditions. I have included maps to the location in the WMWR below. This is great location for birding as you can see from my checklist below.

I recently bought a pair of SnakeGuards to potentially protect against snakebites, so I was more confident walking around in the tall grass. I have been going to the WMWR for more than 14 years without any problems, but wanted to play it safe while walking through waist-high grass. I also applied SAWYER Permethrin Spray to aid in repelling ticks and other harmful insects. The repellent will work for several washings. I applied it as advised from the instructions just to my shirt, pants, and socks. Liquid permethrin can cause problems to a cat's central nervous system, and I believe could result in death. So please use caution around pets when you are treating your clothing items with permethrin.

Checklist
Mississippi Kite
White-winged Dove
Common Nighthawks
Great Crested Flycatchers
Black-capped Vireo
Canyon Wren Catherpes
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Lark Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Painted Bunting
Wild Turkey

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1/160 sec, 5.6, ISO: ISO: 1000, Manual Mode, @ 360mm w/ Nikon 500 Lens: 200-500mm f/5.6 w/ flash in TTL Mode on 7-8-2018 at 7:01 a.m.

1/160 sec, 5.6, ISO: ISO: 1000, Manual Mode, @ 360mm w/ Nikon 500 Lens: 200-500mm f/5.6 w/ flash in TTL Mode on 7-8-2018 at 7:01 a.m.

This photo was taken at the Lake Arcadia conservation education area on 7-8-2018 at 7:01 a.m. This is great spot if you are in Oklahoma City and you are short on time. I didn't have to venture far on the trails to get this photo of the male Painted Bunting. See the below maps for location information. 

 
 
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