Monday, July 20, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly: Horned Lark

Another outing we did in Colorado was to Fossil Creek Reservoir in Fort Collins (Larimer County). As we first entered the area, we were met by this friendly fellow:

Horned Lark
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

He was not at all intimidated by our presence, sitting calmly as we admired him and even turning his back on us long enough for us all to get a good look at his "horns."

Horned Lark

If you look closely, you can even see the subtle yellow highlights around his eyes (hard to make out in the bright late morning light).

Horned Lark



For more great bird photos from around the world, check out Bird Photography Weekly #47.

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11 comments:

mick said...

That's a very interesting bird. Does it keep those 'horns' raised all the time? Great close-up photo showing the eye!

Tranquility said...

Those are fantastic photos!
What interesting 'horns'! ;)

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Wheee! These are fabulous!!

Kelly said...

Great photos! I love Horned Larks. We get a flock every winter at work. Rick took some really nice shots in the snow a few years ago. It's always fun when they move in.

Cindy said...

Wow!! I'm not sure I could pick a favorite, but I do like the Stellar Jay photos. They're gorgeous. The scenery shots are awesome. Thanks for sharing your photos. ~Cindy

Wren said...

Kyle, you've outdone yourself with these. I especially like the second one, with the horns on clear view/

dAwN said...

So cool..Love the horns! I must tweet these great shots now!

Arija said...

Super shots of such a beautifull small bird, they really look like horns from the back, quite incongruous.

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Lovely close-up photos if the Horned Lark, Kyle!

MaineBirder said...

Awesome photo series! Great job.

Texas Travelers said...

As a long-time birder, I enjoyed this.

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