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Albino Desert Lark by David Clark

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Actually not an albino as it has black eyes – instead is called Leucism. I have been watching this guy for at least five years now – it lives in a desert canyon on Jabel Hafit near the city of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. It is not shy with humans and very aggressive toward other desert larks which are a drab brown color same as the rocks. Am amazed that it has survived this long as it really stands out in the bleak environment and makes a seemingly easy target for predators. It has become a bit famous with visiting birders hoping to catch sight of it. I am always happy to see it when hiking the canyon and to know that it continues to beat the odds. (I am adding this as I just found out there is a group for such white animals)

Canon 40D with Canon 100-400mm lens

The normal coloration of a desert lark

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nature, wildlife, bird, albino, lark


  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Wow…thats fanTASTIC Dave. I love the background matching the stone colour….so very beautiful.

  • Hi Lyn – thanks I really like this little white bird — thanks for taking the time to comment – cheers – dave

    – David Clark

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldover 4 years ago

    gorgeous gorgeous image and bird too !

  • hey linda – thanks very much – this is such a great little bird -i get excited every time i see him – so cool that he has survived at least 5 years

    – David Clark

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    beautifully captured!!! amazing detail, clarity, and D0F! such a great shot!

  • henuly1
    henuly1over 4 years ago

    very nice work

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    I Love this, what a great find! Thank you for sharing this in the Albino’s, Leucistic’s & Rarities…….Oh My! group!

  • Hi Kimberly thanks for the comment – I always like spotting this little white bird – dave

    – David Clark

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Splendid image, David!

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago
    What a fantastic capture, love it’s colour David,
  • thank you Malcolm – it is a special little bird – dave

    – David Clark

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 4 years ago

    beautiful and great work

  • Hi Bobby — thanks very much – dave

    – David Clark

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 4 years ago

    Holy Cow, this is one Incredible Image,,,,spectacular……Laura

  • Hey Laura — thanks very much – don’t hear Holy COw very much any more since Harry Cary passed away – cheers – dave

    – David Clark

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured in “The Birds” group.

  • Wow – thanks again Warren – this little white bird is a real treat to see – dave

    – David Clark

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