Spring time Meadowlark

Spring time MeadowlarkSpring time Meadowlark – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light

This Western Meadowlark was busy yesterday poking its sharp bill through the emerging grasses to find prey in the warming soil. A couple of times I saw it snatch worms out of the ground and swallow them whole. I liked photographing this species on the ground instead of perched on bushes or rocks for a change. Their bright yellow plumage sure stands out!

Western Meadowlark crouching in the grassWestern Meadowlark crouching in the grass – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light

I photographed this particular Western Meadowlark for over 15 minutes, it was a very cooperative subject even though at times it seemed to disappear in the dried grasses from last year’s growth.

Despite having at least some snow this week and colder temperatures signs of spring continue to show including the grasses turning green. I have even seen a few tiny, bright pink Redstem Filaree blooms on the island. Everything seems a little brighter these days.

Yes, spring is on its way.

Life is good.



  1. Humming Bird Lover March 6, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Hi! A beautiful photo! Great shooting! You need to send the photo to a fashion magazine offer to sell it to them? The Breast of the bird! Would make a great dress! maybe you could make more deals with them from all the different colors and patterns?
    Have a special day shooting!

  2. Utahbooklover March 5, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Nice images of a beautiful bird. Two days of winter and it’s back to spring!

  3. Elephant's Child March 5, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    What a sunny charmer.

  4. Liz Cormack March 5, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Lovely bird. I’ll keep dreaming of spring as I look out my window at 2′ of snow & 9F temps.

  5. Dave Sparks March 5, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Very nice! Spring arrived here a couple of days ago. Trees & plants are budding. The air is balmy.Migratory birds are coming??

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