Long-Tailed Meadowlark

This is a male long-tailed meadowlark that I photographed on Carcass Island in the Falkland Islands. The blurred out yellow in the background is the gorse flowers that were growing all over the island when I was there. The female long-tailed meadowlarks are less colorful in appearance than the males, but they excel in other areas, such as nest building. They construct their nests in the tall grass, close to the ground. This allows them to exit the nest by first descending to the ground and then walking six or so feet before taking to the air. They arrive back at their nests in the same manner — landing in the grass six feet out and then hoofing it the rest of the way. They do this so that would-be predators can’t find their nests.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/4.5 at 1/1000th of a second

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  1. Donna Zentek May 9, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    Smart bird

  2. Sue May 9, 2017 at 12:31 am #

    What a beautiful bird. It has stunning colors and I dig its profile!

    • Sean Crane May 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

      Thanks Sue. Yes, quite the point to that beak.

  3. Peter Butterfield May 9, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    —– Safe beneath the wind
    —– This elegant passerine
    —– Aware but at ease .

  4. Angelina May 9, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    Wow, stunning picture, love the red bird over gold background!

    • Sean Crane May 10, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

      Thanks Angelina, I worked for that background.

  5. Susan Rubeo May 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Interesting birds work as pair to protect their young

    Aunt Sue