Western Meadowlark in flight

Western Meadowlark in flight

Western Meadowlark in flight – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Yesterday was my first time out shooting since returning from Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, bad weather had kept me from being in the field. It was wonderful to be back on Antelope Island State Park, seeing the birds, animals and how things had changed in just a bit over a week.

It was also wonderful to have beautiful light.

This Western Meadowlark lifted off from a Sagebrush and I was able to track it and capture this image as soon as it was airborne. I’ve found it difficult to get images of Western Meadowlarks in flight because they move so quickly.


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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.


  1. Thanks everyone, I appreciate your comments!

  2. Meadowlarks are such handsome birds. Well done!

  3. I admire any meadowlark shots, given how elusive I find them to be. Now one in flight … that’s monumental! Beautiful, Mia.

  4. Very nice outstretch of wings, I like it!

  5. ohhh, i like it, a wonderfull picture with wings well opened, bravo mia
    have a nice day ☼

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    I just found out that we do have Western Meadowlarks in my area… although I have to tell you, I doubt I’ll ever get to see one except through your marvelous photography. This photo is simply amazing! (please forgive such an overused word…but I am in awe.)

  7. I love meadowlarks, awesome shot!

  8. Jane Chesebrough

    That’s a first to see one in flight. Like this.

  9. All your shots are amazing, but what I especially like about this one, is that the meadowlark was captured in flight. Very nice, Mia!

  10. Beautiful shot there Mia.

  11. You indeed captured an amazing shot there Mia!

  12. Great capture Mia.. love the colors

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