A Startled Horned Lark

A startled Horned LarkA startled Horned Lark – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 320, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

A few days ago on Antelope Island State Park I was photographing White-crowned Sparrows and a Horned Lark near the group campgrounds in beautiful morning light. My main focus at the time had been on the White-crowned Sparrows simply because there were quite a few of them and they were very active but I focused on the male Horned Lark for a bit hoping it would do something interesting.

While I was focused on the lark a small bird; presumably a sparrow, zoomed past and I captured an image of a startled Horned Lark who reacted by raising his wings and calling while he moved down the rock a bit. Right after this image was taken the lark moved back to the top of the rock and continued singing in the warm rays of the sun.

Life is good.

Mia

5 Comments

  1. Lynn Koch April 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Beautiful, fun capture!

  2. Elephant's Child April 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    And those feet are barely touching the rock…

  3. April Olson April 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I love these summer visitors. Its like asparagus if we had it all year long maybe it would not be the same treat.

  4. Patty Chadwick April 10, 2016 at 7:38 am

    “EEEEK!”…that’s one startled bird!!! That ‘s a bird “yelp” if ever I saw one….

  5. Bob McPherson April 10, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Beautiful photo Mia.

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