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Western meadowlark


Western meadowlark
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-23 14:02
Viewed: 1530
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my trip to Manitoba

The western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) is a medium-sized icterid bird, about 8.5 in (22 cm) long. It nests on the ground in open country in western and central North America grassland. It feeds mostly on insects, but also seeds and berries. It has distinctive calls described as watery or flute-like, which distinguish it from the closely related eastern meadowlark.

Their breeding habitats are grasslands, prairies, pastures, and abandoned fields, all of which may be found from across western and central North America to northern Mexico. Where their range overlaps with the eastern species, these birds prefer thinner, drier vegetation; the two types of birds generally do not interbreed but do defend territory against one another. Their nests are situated on the ground, and are covered with a roof woven from grass. There may be more than one nesting female in a male's territory. Their nests are sometimes destroyed by mowing operations with eggs and young in them.

Western meadowlarks are permanent residents throughout much of their range. Northern birds may migrate to the southern parts of their range; some birds also move east in the southern United States.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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nice shot
sharp looking with clear light.
action is so nature..

Amazing shot Mario. In all that light no noise. Great colours and pattern in focus. The DOF covered everythin perfectly for this picture. Very good shot. TFS Trevor

Great Capture ..
The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
best wishes,

Hello Mario,
Great pic, ideal focus. Curious little bird in a interesting moment.
Regards
Lucja

Beautiful capture of the meadowlark it is sharp in detail and the dominate duotone colors really show just how remarkable looking this bird really is. Well done.

Bonsoir Mario,
Une très belle attitude du sujet dans une belle lumière et sous un excellent angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

Real beauty...

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