I braved the biting gnats on Antelope Island State Park yesterday but for the first time I used the fine mesh head net I bought several years ago to keep the gnats away from my hair and scalp. I really hate those blood sucking gnats and I can’t wait for them to go away.
I am glad I went to the island though because it had been nearly a month since I had been out there and I wanted to see the Great Salt Lake, the wildlife and of course the birds.
I saw Lark Sparrows all over the island, they were resting, flitting about, singing, foraging and showed up on top of natural and man made perches.
Even though I prefer natural perches I can’t resist photographing a perky looking Lark Sparrow on a man made post.
And when the Lark Sparrows give me more than one pose on the same perch I will keep photographing them. This sparrow seemed pretty comfortable on the man made post until a noisy vehicle came by and startled it enough that it flew off in a hurry.
Further south on Antelope Island the Larks Sparrows were on the tops of sagebrush, rabbitbrush and tintic quartzite boulders and rocks. The cheatgrass on the island has already turned brown and that is what was in the background of this photo. I like this photo but…
I must admit I liked the photos of the next Lark Sparrow I photographed more than the brown cheatgrass in the image above because the sparrow stands out so well from the blue sky. I also like the combination of the cool tones of the sky and the warm tones of the boulder and Lark Sparrow.
And when the sparrow hopped up to the top of the boulder I delighted to see and photograph its whole body as it looked in my direction long enough to take a few frames. I love it when I can take photos of birds that show all of their beauty.
Lark Sparrows are only in Utah during their breeding season so whenever I have the opportunity to photograph them and their bold facial patterns I am thoroughly delighted.
Life is good.