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Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-09-26 8:35
Viewed: 1636
Points: 12
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Back from 4 weeks United States and Canada.

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

Western Meadowlark adults have yellow underparts with a black "V" on the breast and white flanks streaked with black. Their upper parts are mostly brown, but also have black streaks. These birds have long, pointed bills and their heads are striped with light brown and black bands.

Habitat and distribution
The breeding habitats of western meadowlarks are grasslands, prairies, pastures, and abandoned fields, all of which may be found across western and central North America, as far south as northern Mexico. In regions where their range overlaps with the eastern species, these birds prefer thinner, drier vegetation; the two type 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. 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.

These birds forage on the ground or in low to semi-low vegetation. They sometimes search for food by probing with their bills. They mainly eat insects, although they will consume seeds and berries. In winter, these birds often feed in flocks.

History with Eastern Meadowlark
Western meadowlarks will occasionally interbreed with eastern meadowlarks where their ranges overlap; however, resulting young appear to have low fertility.
These two species were considered to be the same species for some time; the western species, having been overlooked for some time, was given the species name neglecta.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-09-26 8:40]

Hi Peter,it's nice to know where you was,welcome back with this first magnificent pic,great capture of a rare guest of TN,impressive sharpness despite the distance and difficult location,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Very beautiful model, very nice shot. Thanks for sharing Peter.
Best wishes

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Nice image with a very interesting and colorful bird. Stunning details and focus.

Hello Peter,
It's always nice to see new bird from different region of the world. Beautiful bird this Western Meadowlark. Black "V" is quite well visible from side. Well natural color and like the way you framed and placed the bird.
Your NOTE will be more attractive if you please describle shortly where and how, I mean situation of your place when you captured this bird. Personally I like it. Was it a birding tour? If so then so many new species will come, I think.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards,

hallo Peter
Ik dacht even ,hij is gestopt
Maar!!hij kan ook op vakantie zijn ,en dat was ook zo
dus nu weer een nieuwe serie uit Amerika ?
deze is weer super en prachtige kleuren heeft deze vogel op zijn buik
bedankt weer gr lou

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