There I am again, getting cute with a catchy title. But, I have to get your attention. Today I have some Western Meadowlark images to show you. I went out with Ann on Sunday morning to try and get some more improved images than what I have seemed to have gotten lately. I was starting to doubt my own talents. The day was one of those days where the birding was a bit sparse, but it was probably because of some chilly winds. That is, chilly early morning, then it warmed to upper 70s in the afternoon. I can hardly call that chilly.
Anyway we came across an area where there were several Western Meadowlarks, both on the ground and in the trees. One thing that I have noticed about them, is they like to keep their back to you. Maybe it is some kind of defensive thing, but it is hard to get nice photos of their beautiful yellow breasts. Having said that, though, I did get a shot of one lurking in the grass a little further away. I was able to capture it with my 500mm lens with a 1.4 tele-converter. I used the same set-up on the other two images as well.
Here’s another with a side view.
This one keeps looking over his shoulder.
In closing, here is a frontal view of a Western Meadowlark that I captured back in the year 2009. I was undecided about posting it because of the reeds that are in front of his face. But the picture grew on me, and I think that the growth adds a bit of a natural look. I hope you agree.
I hope you enjoyed these photos. I am going to the central Texas area tomorrow. First to visit Hornsby Bend Bird Sanctuary in Austin, then on Wednesday we will go to the Canyon of the Eagles at Lake Buchanan and take the Vanishing River Cruise and hopefully get some images of some Bald Eagles. So my next post will be around next weekend.