A Fluffed Up Western Meadowlark

Fluffed up Western MeadowlarkFluffed up Western Meadowlark – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

This Western Meadowlark was a cooperative subject yesterday morning and allowed a close enough approach to get some frame filling images. Antelope Island is a terrific place to for birding, bird photography and just enjoying nature.

I’m a bit slow right now replying to your wonderful comments here and commenting on your blogs because I am busy setting up a new computer. Getting everything set up right on a new computer is so time consuming!



  1. eric c11 December 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    excelent, a very good attitude and excelent quality, thanks mia ☺

  2. Eileen December 1, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Gorgeous shot of the Meadowlark, one of my favorite birds!

    • Mia McPherson December 1, 2012 at 5:09 am

      Thanks Eileen and thank you for visiting my blog.

  3. Tami November 30, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Ha – what a fun capture, Mia 🙂 I agree with Joshua – looks like a winged pufferfish!

  4. Rohrerbot November 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Love this bird. Not only is it “beautiful” but has a pleasant vocalization. Well done. I hear you on the equipment:)

    • Mia McPherson November 30, 2012 at 5:54 am

      Thanks Chris, I love hearing them too!

  5. Prairie Birder November 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Even all fluffed up, Western Meadowlarks are still very handsome birds!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      I think so too Charlotte! Thanks for your comment.

  6. Bob Bushell November 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

    That is a new one on me, absolutely brilliant shot of the Western Meadowlark.

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Thank you Bob, they have wonderful calls as well as being handsome birds.

  7. Wally November 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Great detail! Are you able to use the VR function of that lens with the teleconverter? My new computer arrives next week so will soon be able to empathize with you!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Wally, I don’t think I have ever turned off my VR with the 200-400mm VR except by accident. It is also fine to use VR with this lens on a tripod, on my older 80-400mm VR lens I did turn off VR on a tripod though. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Nicole November 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Cool photo!!! They have so much personality!!!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Nicole, they do seem to have a lot of personality.

  9. Sherry in MT November 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Awww I miss the meadowlarks….till they become our sure sign of spring! Nice shot.

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Sherry, thanks for commenting. I’ll send some your way as soon as spring arrives! 🙂

  10. Joshua Phillips November 29, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Nice work! He looks like a pufferfish.

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Joshua, it does look like a pufferfish!

  11. Bob Zeller November 29, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Love the shot,Mia. Puts new meaning to the word, ‘chillin’. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Thank you Bob, I hope to find more ‘chillin’ Meadowlarks soon.

  12. Laurence Butler November 29, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Woah! That’s one hulking dude. IT must be gettin’ chilly up there.
    Great shot!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Hiya Laurence, the meadowlark was super fluffed! It was just about freezing when I took the image. Thanks for your comment.

  13. judy watson November 29, 2012 at 5:42 am

    So cute!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

      Thanks Judy, they are cute!

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