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.



  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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