A Horned Lark and a broken heart

Horned Lark and a broken heartHorned Lark and a broken heart – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I have dreamed about getting a shot like this since I first started photographing Horned Larks, I wanted a shot of a Horned Lark at the precise moment it began to lift off with the wings lifted. About two weeks ago I thought I got that image.

But I didn’t.

I had locked my focus onto the Horned Lark’s eye and just then the pickup moved forward which also moved my point of focus from the bird’s face to it’s rump and that caused the face to be out of focus.

Yep, a broken heart. All I can do is hope I get another chance.


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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. humming bird lover

    Hi! It is a beautiful picture and I see no flaws at all. Great shot! Have a great day shooting!

  2. Nice shot — and now we understand better what a challenge it is to get those perfect pictures you often post.

  3. You will get another chance. Best laid plans – I’ve had a lot of those! Hey I’m going to go back through your blog but am headed to the Oregon Coast and hope to get some shore bird shots while there in May. Any advice for the shore bird novice?

    • Sherry, get down & dirty! In other words try to get as low as possible and sometimes that means getting dirty. It scares the shorebirds less and gives you a better angle. Also lay still as you can and the birds will get used to your presence and come closer.

  4. It’s still a lovely photo!

  5. lovely picture none the less. Thanks.

  6. What could possibly be better than this image??? MAYBE one as good, but i doubt better! I really think you can’t beat the drama of imminent action this one shows. I’ll bet when you do get the one you were hoping for, you’ll agree…

  7. Oh, beautiful image of the Horned Lark. And, I think it was absolutely fantastic.

  8. A beautiful incentive to keep shooting.

  9. Yep, those things happen! You WILL have another chance, but to be honest, this is a great shot!! Thanks for sharing.

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