Female Horned Lark and the moon setting over the Stansbury Mountains

Fluffed up female Horned LarkFluffed up female Horned Lark – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I photograph tons of male Horned Larks but don’t have that many images of female Horned Larks, I was happy to find this beautiful female dancing and singing on a boulder in early morning light yesterday in Tooele County, Utah.

Calling Horned Lark femaleCalling Horned Lark female- Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

There was a male nearby who was singing too and maybe her dancing around on top of the boulder was part of their courtship. Females have paler faces and heads than males and their “horns” are nearly invisible.

Singing female Horned lark in Tooele CountySinging female Horned lark in Tooele County- Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

She might not have the flash the males have but she really is a beauty. The horned Larks are singing everywhere lately and it is always wonderful to hear them and get close enough for photos.

Female Horned Lark singingFemale Horned Lark singing- Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

You can see green in the background because new grasses are springing up since the weather has gotten warmer. It felt wonderful to have the warmth of the sun on me and still see snow on the top of the Stansbury Mountain Range.

Moon set over the Stansbury MountainsMoon set over the Stansbury Mountains- Nikon D300, f11, 1/500, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

After photographing the female Horned Lark we drove up the canyon and stopped to photograph the moon setting over the Stansbury Mountains. I was zoomed to 400mm plus the 1.4x TC was attached which is why the moon looks so large.

Horned Larks, watching the moon set, yes, it was a great morning.

Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.

12 Comments

  1. Beautiful Bird though
    Fleeting. Such Momentary Beauty!
    I want to see one.

  2. Thank you all very much for your comments on these images and this post!

  3. Horned Larks are so cute and cheerful-this one is a beauty! Beautiful moonset as well.

  4. Sweet shot of the moon…..and that Horned Lark is one pretty bird:)

  5. Lovely shots, I love seeing that bird sing!

  6. what a pretty little bird!

  7. very cute this small bird,
    and the moon half hiden is a nice picture, well done mia ☺

  8. Nice one the Horned Lark, and what about the moon, superb.

  9. Wonderful shots of the lark, I can almost hear her! Good timing on your moon shot! Gorgeous!

  10. As always your birds are beauties but the moon shot made me swoon!!!!

  11. Mia, beautiful shots of the Horned Lark! And the last shot of the moon setting is stunning. Awesome photos, Happy Easter!

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