Western Meadowlark in Snow – Stretching, Preening and Resting

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Western Meadowlark perched on snowWestern Meadowlark perched on snow – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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.

Western Meadowlark stretching on snow-covered SagebrushWestern Meadowlark stretching on snow-covered Sagebrush – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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.

A Western Meadowlark on a puff of snowA Western Meadowlark on a puff of snow – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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.

A Western Meadowlark wing liftA Western Meadowlark wing lift – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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…

A Western Meadowlark on snow-covered SagebrushA Western Meadowlark on snow-covered Sagebrush – Nikon D810, f8, 1/2000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover December 20, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Nice series of images, but my favorite is the one in a fluffy ball trying to keep warm.

  2. Bill Richmond December 20, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Stunning images Mia! Have a great Christmas and all the best for 2016.

  3. Elephant's Child December 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Amazing. And beautiful.

  4. April Olson December 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful colors. Isn’t nature the ultimate artist!

  5. Larry Muench December 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful shots Mia. Have a Merry Christmas! (and keep the wonderful photos coming!)

  6. Cindy December 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Isn’t he just a little ball of sunshine on the snow? Love him, Mia and your gifts you share with us. Thank you!! 🙂

  7. Ian Holland December 19, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Very nice series! You got him good! Merry Christmas!

  8. Roger Burnard December 19, 2015 at 7:16 am

    What a great series Mia… Well done!!!
    And by the way, have a great holiday…
    Take care, be safe, and stay well.. ;-)))

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