Western Meadowlark – Up close and personal



During the spring Western Meadowlarks (Sturnella neglecta) can be easy to locate and then approach because they spend so much time singing from the tops of boulders, bushes, posts and other manmade objects.

I photographed this Meadowlark singing while perched on a sign on Antelope Island State Park this past Monday.

The bird was so close that unless I took off my teleconverter I couldn’t fit the whole body of the Meadowlark into the frame.

I wasn’t sure how long the bird would stay so I opted to take close ups of it instead of removing the TC.

Portrait of a Western Meadowlark – Nikon D300, f/13, 1/500, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 328mm, natural light

Mia McPherson, OntheWingPhotography.com

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

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