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WINNER of the Two Birds Challenge in the The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group

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JOINT WINNER of the Any Bird Picture You Want Challenge in the I Love Birds Group

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The Western Meadowlark is a medium-sized passerine about 8.5 inches long, and breeds in western Canada, USA and the high Mexican Plateau. Their breeding habitats include grasslands, prairies, pastures, and abandoned fields and the nest is a well-concealed cup on the ground in tall grasses, with a dome-shape roof and an opening on one side.
The bird feeds mainly on insects, but will also eat seeds and berries. It has distinctive calls often described as watery or “flute-like”. The adult birds have yellow underparts, with a black “V” on the breast, and white flanks which are streaked with black. They are mostly brown above, but also have black streaks. They have long pointed bills and their heads are striped with light brown and black.They have a flute-like warbled song.

Photographed in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, USA

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Comments

  • Noel Elliot
    Noel Elliotalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful shot….great timing

  • Thank you very much Noel!

    – Martin Smart

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 5 years ago

    fantastic title Martin and great shot

  • Thanks very much Tallow!

    – Martin Smart

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 5 years ago

    Great Shot!!!!!

  • Thanks so much Judy!

    – Martin Smart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    An amazing capture, well documented as well, just love your caption here Martin…this is two for the price of one…love it…inst fave, with thanks

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Larry , truly appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaalmost 5 years ago

    They are lovely, Martin! Great capture.

  • Thank you so much Olga!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lynda Harris
    Lynda Harrisalmost 5 years ago

    Had a giggle when I saw this one Martin. Great shot!

  • Thanks so much Lynda, glad it made you smile!

    – Martin Smart

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearalmost 5 years ago

    great shot and info Martin, they do get quite chattery ;) xoxox ♥

  • Thanks so much Tammy, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Martin :)

  • Thanks very much Mark!

    – Martin Smart

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

    what a great shot Martin!

  • Thank you very much Dave & Trena!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 4 years ago

    Not sure which I like the best the title or the image! ROFL
    Great image and composition, the colours really pop out of that wonderful, smooth backdrop. First class photography as always.

  • Couldn’t resist the title for this one David, first thing that came to mind! Thanks so much for your very kind comments, appreciated as always.

    – Martin Smart

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