Thursday, March 26, 2009

Up with the Larks

One useful bit of equipment for photographing wildlife is a good alarm clock, although I always seem to wake up well before the early hour mine is set to go off. Its great feeling to be out at first light on a spring dawn, with the sun rising and the clear air filled with bird song. On one such recent morning I headed out locally to photograph some skylarks and was back home by the time most people were just rising to their morning weekend newspaper.
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What these birds lack in the way of bright colours they certainly make up with character and a facinating species to watch at close quarters.
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After a song flight, they often land on fencing surrounding the field , and often continue to posture, display and call.
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However, surely these birds at at their best in their ascending flights accompanied by that liquid song. A reminder that spring is here, even if the weather often forgets it!
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6 comments:

Little Brown Job said...

Great sequence of shots, well worth getting up before dawn.

I've never seen one, I remember my Granddad, who used to work on a farm, telling me he used to see them all the time.

Paul.

Rambling Rob said...

Hi Richard, exquisite photos of the skylarks, and everything else on your site. I am looking forward to the jay flight pics.

The Early Birder said...

Stunning close ups Rich & worth the effort. I'm still finding it difficult to respond positively to the early alarm (just to go to work) but maybe the hope of calmer spring weather & connecting with returning 'friends' will change my lethargy!

Anna said...

Richard these are excellent portrait style photos of the birds, so much detail, and I love the one in flight. Very nice blog you have. Anna :)

T and S said...

Fantastic series on the crested skylark Rich. You have motivated me to do a similar series on the Indian crested lark. Maybe I will do one this month itself. Will keep you posted. Thanks for sharing these exceptional quality images.

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for your comments. Skylarks are always a bird that evoke childhood summer memories of lying in some long grass on a warm sunny day and looking at the birds ascending high in to the blue sky. Sadly a sight that is less common now in the UK countryside.

Cheers

Rich

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