Stretching Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark wing stretchWestern Meadowlark wing stretch – Nikon D810, f13, 1/500, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Two days ago this Western Meadowlark kept me from being skunked at Farmington Bay WMA because there weren’t many other birds to photograph up close. It was cold enough that this meadowlark was sticky and stayed on the post while I photographed it from a mobile blind.

I screwed up a few of the images I took because I accidentally turned the dial to increase my exposure when I meant to change my aperture. I think I will be able to recover the details in most of those images but I do wish I had been paying more attention when I turned that dial. Stuff happens! 🙂

Any how I caught my mistake and was able to capture a series of the Western Meadowlark stretching its wings and this is one of those frames. I love how this shows the transparency of the primaries.

Life is good.



  1. Bill Richmond January 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Its a beauty!! First Class!!

  2. CJ Oakley December 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    What an incredible capture Mia – love the feather detail in the wiing…

  3. Elephant's Child December 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Pure magic. Thank you.

  4. Glen Fox December 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

    What a stunning photo of my favourite prairie songbird! This species is a vivid part of my childhood memory of the Saskatchewan prairies. A fascinating and special bird whose wonderful song woke me many a glorious morning. Thank you for sharing! Glen

  5. Wally December 28, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I’m always surprised how transparent feathers can be. Really nice shot of the Meadowlark! The snow is a nice touch! (But I’m happy it’s on YOUR fence posts!)


  6. Nancy Collins December 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Yes! You can the tail feathers through the translucent primaries! Awesome!

  7. Julie G. December 28, 2014 at 8:20 am


  8. steven kessel December 28, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Beautiful photo! Well done!!

  9. Scott December 28, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Stunning portrait, Mia. I wish I had been checking in more often. I would love to see a post on your techniques for processing this image!

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