Leaping Western Meadowlark

Leaping Western MeadowlarkLeaping Western Meadowlark – Nikon D810, f8, 1/2500, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I’ve found that getting take off shots of Western Meadowlarks is very challenging and that more often I miss the shot or clip the bird because they move so fast.  I was ready when I thought this Western Meadowlark was going to take flight but instead the meadowlark took a flying leap towards the ground. I never even saw the bird open its wings!


PS, for now the Sage Grouse Lek in Morgan County is safe, the zoning request was denied! The landowners will continue to fight I am sure but every victory deserves to be celebrated!


  1. Utahbooklover September 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Interesting image, I agree! I did make it to the meeting in Morgan but arrived 30-minutes late (my wife had to stop at Pier-1 before I drove her home); still I was encouraged by many of the speakers, even a few of the land owners. But I worry about the ones who only gave minimal lip-service to the Sage Grouse; they will keep pushing for the changes in the land use map.

  2. Elephant's Child September 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Practising for the avian olympics? Long jump, with assistive technology (aka wings) banned?
    Brilliant shot – and wonderful news about the Sage Grouse.

  3. Patty Chadwick September 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Score one for the sage grouse!!! A happy outcome for a change….for now. Money speaks,especially when it comes to “justice”….

  4. Patty Chadwick September 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Can it be??? Is it possible that your Meadowlark is about to do a SWAN DIVE???? Into GRASS???

  5. Bob Bushell September 3, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Ha ha ha, that is a funny, great photo Mia.

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