A Meadowlark and Kingfisher catching some sunshine

Western Meadowlark in early morning lightWestern Meadowlark in early morning light – Nikon D810, f13, 1/200, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

There was actually some sunshine yesterday morning while I was out in the field and it felt marvelous. Early on there was soft morning light on Antelope Island where I photographed this Western Meadowlark perched on sagebrush with fog that hung over the Great Salt Lake in the background. The meadowlark was singing as if it were springtime and although the song delighted me it also concerned me because it is too early for them to think about nesting season.

Not too long after this image was taken the lake fog crept over the island and the light was dimmed. The fog on the causeway was so thick that familiar landscape looked foreign and it was time to find more sunshine.

Belted Kingfisher at Farmington Bay WMABelted Kingfisher at Farmington Bay WMA – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 500, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Farmington Bay WMA had some sunshine too. The Bald Eagles were too far out on the ice to photograph and the harriers and red-tailed hawks kept their distance but this handsome Belted Kingfisher stayed perched on a post long enough for me to take a nice series of images of it. This is a different kingfisher than I posted yesterday so that means there are at least two in the area now if not more. There is still open water in several locations at Farmington Bay WMA and surrounding areas which is why the Belted Kingfishers are still around.

It was lovely to see the sunshine yesterday and to have the Western Meadowlark and Belted Kingfisher in my viewfinder.

Life is good.



  1. Humming Bird Lover January 16, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hi All the birds are beautiful! Love them! Thanks for your great shooting! Have a better days weather on Saturday!

  2. Jolanta January 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pictures, thanks 🙂

  3. Elephant's Child January 16, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Life is very good. And mine is improved by your photographic magic.

  4. Alex (stu) January 16, 2015 at 6:45 am

    A tale of two bills.. Great photographs Mia.. especially the detail on the bills ( looking like cutlery attachments 🙂 An excellent photograph. You should continue taking these photographs.. you seem to be quite good at it 😉

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