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 Horned Lark and a broken heart. All I can do is hope I get another chance.



  1. humming bird lover January 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks Mom, I hope to get back out shooting soon.

  2. Sheila January 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Beautiful photo!

  3. Utahbooklover January 29, 2014 at 1:50 pm

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

  4. Sherry in MT January 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

    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?

    • Mia McPherson January 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      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.

  5. Ilze Long January 29, 2014 at 8:53 am

    lovely picture none the less. Thanks.

  6. patty chadwick January 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

    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. Montanagirl January 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

    It’s still a lovely photo!

  8. Bob Bushell January 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

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

  9. Dave Sparks January 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

    A beautiful incentive to keep shooting.

  10. Dick Harlow January 29, 2014 at 6:54 am

    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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