A Western Meadowlark On The Wing

Flying Western MeadowlarkFlying Western Meadowlark – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Five days ago while on Antelope Island I photographed this Western Meadowlark as it sang on the stump of a dead Sagebrush. There are plenty of Western Meadowlarks singing on the island right now but they aren’t all that easy to approach yet but as they go deeper into their breeding season they will be easier to approach. I took quite a few images of this meadowlark singing but was more focused on getting a photo of it in the air. The Western Meadowlark was quite obliging and lifted off.


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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. Excellent capture of this beautiful bird!

  2. Lovely flight shot. I’ve yet to see one of these since I started birding, though I may have seen one as a kid.

  3. Terrific photograph, Mia! I love the bright yellow feathers.

  4. Such a glorious splash of feathered sunshine. Thank you.

  5. Nice as it is to see these guys via your wonderful photography, I sure as heck would like to see and hear them myself… I miss some things so much it aches…

  6. Very nice, Mia. It’s always a treat to see a Meadowlark. I have to go a ways south from here in the summer to find them ;)

  7. Terrific in-flight photograph, Mia! These bright balls of sunshine have been singing all over the place around here. It’s a great way to start a morning!

  8. Very nice image — the inflight shots are certainly a bigger challenge. My favorite bird when I first moved here from Southern California (didn’t see them there) back in the early sixties — love their call; my aunt said they were saying, “Bluffdale is a pretty little town” which does fit the notes.

  9. Great capture! That’s not so easy to do.

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