Its a Hard Knock Life – Western Meadowlark

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Western Meadowlark fluffed up from the coldWestern Meadowlark fluffed up from the cold – Nikon D810, f11, 1/800, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This Western meadowlark image was taken January 2nd on Antelope Island after a snow fall and it made me think of how hard life can be for these birds. During warmer months Western Meadowlarks eat insects but during the winter they have to scramble for seeds. When the snow is thick on the ground it must be even harder for them. This meadowlark was along side of the road where it had been plowed and that probably brought some of the fallen seeds to the surface. There are times though when I don’t see the Western Meadowlarks on the Island so they must move south when the snow gets too thick.

I know that they are better equipped to handle the bitter cold than I am 24/7.

Life is good.



  1. Lois Bryan January 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    a beautiful little creature … wonderfully captured!!!!

  2. Utahbooklover January 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Nice image and good to see one of these beautiful birds in winter, which has been mild so far, helping the ones that are sticking around in their daily struggle for survival.

  3. Elephant's Child January 12, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Life is so often hard for the birds and animals (other than ourselves). Nice to think that our presence might have made it easier for this bird (a welcome change).

  4. Jolanta January 12, 2015 at 6:45 am

    What a sweetie 🙂 Great photo!

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