I had a great time photographing a Western Meadowlark in snow yesterday on Antelope Island State Park near the White Rock Bay campgrounds. The meadowlark was perched on one of the snow-covered sagebrush that I photographed and posted here. It wasn’t as chilly yesterday as it has been recently but the meadowlark seemed to be warming up in the warmth of the sun and it stuck around.
There was another Western Meadowlark nearby but the light on this one was wonderful. After a bit the meadowlark stood up and started to stretch its legs so I knew some action might follow this behavior. I locked my focus on the bird and waited for what was to come. I wasn’t sure of the meadowlark was going to take off, preen or simply settle back down on the snow.
As the meadowlark began to stretch its wings the snow beneath its feet crumbled a bit which resulted in this goofy, unbalanced pose that I like a lot. There is even bits of snow flying near its neck and past its right wing.
The Western Meadowlark very quickly regained its balance on the puff of snow it was perched on and lifted its wings just slightly above its back…
Before it settled back down on the snow-covered sagebrush it was perched on. I can’t help but laugh at this image and the other ones I took after the meadowlark settled back down because when it fluffed itself up it looked like the meadowlark had swallowed a tennis ball because it was so round.
Life is good.