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.



  1. Julie Brown March 27, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Excellent capture of this beautiful bird!

  2. Scott Simmons March 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    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. Julie G. March 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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

  4. Elephant's Child March 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Such a glorious splash of feathered sunshine. Thank you.

  5. Patty Chadwick March 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    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. Scott (@NESASK) March 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    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. Wally March 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    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. Utahbooklover March 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

    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. Montanagirl March 24, 2014 at 9:31 am

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

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