A juvenile Western Meadowlark and the Great Salt Lake

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A juvenile Western Meadowlark on the shore of the Great Salt LakeA juvenile Western Meadowlark on the shore of the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I have already seen Sage Thrasher chicks on Antelope Island State Park and I suspect it won’t be long before I see juvenile Western Meadowlarks learning how to fly and feed on their own.

Three summers ago I spotted this juvenile Western Meadowlark by the marina on the island and loved how the blue waters of the Great Salt Lake were in the background.

A juvenile Western Meadowlark and the Great Salt LakeA juvenile Western Meadowlark and the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The Western Meadowlarks were at the shoreline feeding on brine flies just like the shorebirds often do. This young meadowlark took a few seconds to check me out before it went down a slop where I couldn’t see it.

The brine flies make for easy pickings for many of the birds that come to the shore of the Great Salt Lake.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover May 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Great images and comments by all. Partly wet and cool lately in northern Utah.

  2. Elephant's Child May 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Alert, gawky, charming.
    And I love (as always) Patty’s comment. Perhaps this bird is the exception which proves the rule?

  3. Wally May 24, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Terrific images of a future operatic star! How wonderful to see young birds and to know how beautiful they will soon become!

    Hope your new week will be filled with peace!

    Wally – Hot and Sticky in Florida

  4. Patty Chadwick May 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Mia, That can’t possibly be a young Wrstern Meadowlark….It’s beak is closed….it’s not singing!!!! I don’t think REAL Meadowlarks afe EVER quiet…unless they’re flying….Otherwise, these are wonderful shots!!! I particularly like the second with its spraddle-legged stance. Happy holiday!!!

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