Male Horned Lark in the West Desert

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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 in the West Desert 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.



  1. [email protected] November 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    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. Jeannie November 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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

  3. Sonja Ross November 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    An interesting bird to see, especially the horns!

  4. Elephant's Child November 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

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

  5. Stu November 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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

  6. Julie G. November 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    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. Kathie November 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    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. Tammy Karr November 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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

  9. eric c11 November 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

    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. Montanagirl November 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

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

  11. Bob Bushell November 2, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful catch Mia.

  12. Dave Sparks November 2, 2013 at 6:16 am

    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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