Horned Lark eating sunflower seeds

Usually I see Horned Larks eating on the ground which presents the photographic challenges of trying to obtain an image without some type of vegetation in the foreground obstructing parts of the bird which can be frustrating.

Male Horned Lark eating sunflower seeds

 Male Horned Lark eating sunflower seeds - Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Yesterday I was delighted to be able to photograph this male Horned Lark perched high on dried sunflower seed heads as it ate.

I always see far more male Horned Larks than females and I continue to wonder why. Perhaps the females stay more hidden in the grasses while the males prefer to be perched higher to sing.

Territorial disputes have started to occur here in Utah with the males chasing each other in flight then the victor sings from a perch. I suspect that over the next few weeks I will have plenty of opportunities with these lovely birds.

Spring is in the air.

Mia

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