Eastern Meadowlark Stare

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When this bird flew in and landed right next to me I couldn't believe my luck! Then the Eastern Meadowlark began to do it's normal behavior of taking a few steps and surveying the area with the head thrown way up in the air to get a good look. It's so funny to watch them do this over and over again and I was thrilled it happened right next to me in the beautiful soft morning light. I hit the deck and got low as quick as possible before the bird moved on and thankfully it stayed. I really liked the head on view that showed both eyes really well and in the original when zoomed in you can see the impressive eye lashes this bird has, something I never noticed before. Their coloration is rather striking from the front like this, yet they can masterfully blend in with their natural surroundings when viewed from behind or above.

  • Location: Sebastian, Florida

  • Date Taken: 01/30/2019

  • Exposure: 1/1250 @ f/4

  • ISO: 400 - auto

  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

  • Focal Length: 500mm

  • Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

  • Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.