Meadowlark on a Stick

Despite the appearance here, this Western Meadowlark did have two legs, though it only lowered the other one for about five frames in a long sequence.

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Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
A7Riv, FE 200-600 + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, hand held from truck (shot from drivers side through passenger side). F/10, 1/3200, iso 640, manual exposure. Preprocessed in DxO PureRAW (took ~4 minutes and didn’t see any startling changes from the RAW file), processed in LR & PS CC. Cropped to 5986x4424. No further noise reduction or sharpening after the PureRaw treatment. Removed a couple of extra branches from the lower right corner. Taken in Eastern Oregon at 6:35 PM on April 27th.


Pleasing colors and detail against the blue sky. I like the diagonal perch and the light character.

They are such lovely birds and you have done this one justice. It’s always fascinating how they can stand on one leg – some birds seem to sleep that way. I’m betting this would stand up to a good crop and wondering about a vertical.