Male Horned Lark in the West Desert

Male Horned Lark getting ready to take offMale Horned Lark getting ready to take off – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

This morning I wanted to do a much longer post but because I was so busy yesterday I wasn’t able to get that post done so this morning I am sharing a simple image of a male Horned Lark getting ready to lift off from the rock it was perched on back in April of this year. In the West Desert of Utah there are a few places in Tooele County I can almost be sure to find Horned Larks warming themselves in the morning light on rocks and boulders.


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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. I can appreciate such a stellar shot of this bird. So far, I’ve encountered them either in at such a distance that I’d need the Giant Magellan for a sharp viewing … or they’re in the misty Northwest climes where photos are murky at best. But … I can still sit in awe of this image and look forward to the day when I see such clarity and color with my own eyes, in a Horned Lark.

  2. Wonderful image. I have yet to see one, and I know they are here in Colorado

  3. An interesting bird to see, especially the horns!

  4. Love it – and the tiny horn is enchanting. Thank you.

  5. Excellent angle showing the colors and the ‘horn’.. yet to see one of these.

  6. Wonderful photograph of a very striking bird! I like that we can see the “horns”. We have them in our area, but I have yet to see one this year.

  7. Mia, I think I saw my first ever horned larks in Syracuse county right near the entrance to eh Antelope Island Causeway! What fun birds they are! Nice pic!

  8. A beautiful photo of a beautiful species…and your blog is the only place I get to one:)

  9. hoo, how it s beautifull,
    i like the position too, and there a very good ligth and sharp picture, as usual for you, bravo mia =))

  10. Nice photo, Mia. We have them here too. They’re such cute little birds.

  11. Neat bird! I’ve only seen them a couple of times and don’t have any decent photos of them. I like the take-off posture, the great background, catch-light, and overall color of the image.

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