Thursday, April 8, 2010

Western Meadowlark

The pictures for today were taken on April 4,2010.
Jake and I found this Western Meadowlark to be very cooperative.
Actually there were two birds,but to get both on one picture I had to zoom back too far.
Except for this first picture,each one is only slightly cropped,so you can see he was very close.
I took all of these pictures while sitting in the car.
After the first few shots one of the birds decided to walk away.
I believe these two birds were in a courting ritual,as they were both singing heartily
even while we were very close.
That bright yellow is so stunning.
I love to see these birds return in spring,and their song is so beautiful.
Finally,this is across the ditch.
The other bird was a short distance away,and they were taking turns singing.
These re perhaps the best Meadowlark pictures I have to date.

26 comments:

  1. Oh what gorgeous birds, Ruth... You got some excellent pictures. I like looking at the difference in the male and female. I've never seen a Meadowlark in person. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Oh Ruth, that is such a pretty bird! I don't think we have any like that here! I'm glad you got some close-up pictures!

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  3. As many times as I've seen a meadowlark I never saw the exquisite markings on them. These are wonderful pictures, Betsy. And I can hear the song in my head. Diane

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  4. Wow - what fabulous captures! That yellow is gorgeous!

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  5. Such amazing yellow bird.
    Gorgeous close ups.

    Enjoy the weekend.

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  6. How wonderful these are. The middle picture is amazing! What treasures you have captured! Pictures like that would totally make my day!

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  7. Those are beautiful shots. So clear and pristine - Almost like we were sitting in the car with you!
    I've never seen one of these before ... maybe some day!

    Have a wonderful day.

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  8. Wow! I quietly pursued an Eastern Meadowlark last weekend but could not get close enough to get even a fuzzy picture. Beautiful birds and I imagine their song is also lovely like its Eastern cousin.

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  9. They are very similar to our Eastern Meadowlark. Your photography is also excellent.

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  10. Superb shots of the Meadowlarks! I love it when they return in the spring. That bright yellow breast with the black bib - their joyous songs. One of my favorites.

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  11. Those are great pictures. That's one bird I haven't seen here yet.

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  12. Beautiful, beautiful shots Ruth. Ours are not at all colourful and so very shy that they are hard to see.

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  13. Superb photographs and ones to be extremely proud of.

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  14. Magical and beautiful shots of that Meadowlark Ruth! I loved the one especially that you caught of him singing!

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  15. These definitely are great pictures of the meadowlark. I'm glad you were able to get closeups of the vibrant yellow on their breast.

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  16. Ruth, the meadowlark is a beautiful bird and your photos of it are lovely. I wish I saw them more around here, they must be on the decline.

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  17. This is a fabulous series of shots! The Meadowlark is so beautiful, and you did a wonderful job of capturing them.

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  18. I do love meadowlarks. I never can get shots that are that close and detailed. They always seem to be out in the middle of a meadow and I can't crop the photos enough to get this quality. You must have a wonderful zoom! I'm jealous :-) I'll just have to keep enjoying your photos!

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  19. Ruth: The Meadowlark is a great bird. I've never seen one but I know they come to Ohio.

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  20. Ruth these images and your photography stunning!!!What a camera!!I've not seen a Meadowlark..but will be on the lookout when out and about!

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  21. I've always wanted to see one in person, but you're pictures are the next best thing! Thank you!!

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  22. I believe these are the best Meadowlark photos I've ever seen. FANTASTIC!
    Your images are amazing!!

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  23. These are fabulous photos, Ruth. I, also, have never seen a meadowlark in person. I love the vivid bright yellow breast feathers--very cheery.

    Have a blessed day.

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  24. beautiful birds! love the pop of color from the yellow on their belly! nice captures! :)

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  25. Such excellent close-ups of beautiful birds! Thanks for letting us come along to see them! Blessings!

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