Western Meadowlark lift off ~ Feathers on Friday

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western-meadowlark-lift-off-mia-mcpherson-5399 Western Meadowlark lift off –  Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

It was real slow for bird photography out on Antelope Island this morning but I did get a nice lift off shot from this Western Meadowlark.

Prairie Birder has a Friday theme of “Feathers on Friday” on their blog, I thought it would be great if some of my viewers added their Friday bird images as links over there. A great young birder who lives on the prairies of Alberta, Canada whose favorite subjects in school are history and natural history/science.



  1. judy watson July 10, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Wow, Mia. Wish I could do half the job you do of capturing such great pics!
    Just love all your birds pics! You do amazing work!

    • Mia McPherson July 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Judy, I think I have great subjects and they make it easy to show them in a beautiful way.

  2. Laurence Butler February 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    He’s a determined looking Meadowlark isn’t he! Outstanding take-off shot. You captured the force and the muscles behind the movement very well.

    • Mia McPherson February 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Laurence, thanks for your very kind comment on this image. He is a very determined looking Meadowlark!

  3. Tammy Karr February 25, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Gorgeous capture! The colors are so vivid, especially with nice pale background!

    • Mia McPherson February 25, 2012 at 5:58 am

      Thanks for very much for commenting Tammy. The pale background does help that yellow to really stand out!

  4. Julie Brown February 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This posture really shows off the yellow breast. Mia, when you are shooting at fast shutter speeds, do you leave the lens image stabilization on?

    • Mia McPherson February 25, 2012 at 5:50 am

      Thanks for your comment Julie. That breast really is yellow!

      I always have my VR on with the 200-400mm VR, with my 80-400mm VR lens I only shut it off when it was on a tripod.

  5. Kathleen Finnerty February 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Amazing capture! Perfect DOF! Love the posture at lift-off and that chest color just knocks you in the face!

    • Mia McPherson February 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Thanks Kathy, it worked out very nicely despite the bird flying almost directly at me. The Western Meadowlarks are getting their breeding plumage and that yellow sure is an eye catcher!

  6. Linda Rockwell February 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Beautiful photo as usual Mia. Your photos make me sigh from beauty and envy. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson February 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you very much Linda. Our subjects are so wonderful!

  7. Prairie Birder February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Very beautiful, as always Mia!

    My link is: Feathers on Friday-Black-billed Magpie http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/feathers-on-friday-35/

    • Mia McPherson February 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      PrairieBirder, thank you very much.

      I love your Black-billed Magpie image!

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