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Eastern Meadowlark
Sturnella magna
The Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) is widespread in grassland areas across the eastern two-thirds of the United States. Some races of this species nest as far west as Arizona. Telling this species apart from the Western Meadowlark takes practice and many non-vocalizing birds in the non-breeding season cannot be identified with confidence except with exceptional looks by a very experienced observer. The first five shots here show a southwestern form or race of the Eastern Meadowlark which may some day be separated into its own species, the Lilian's Meadowlark. This race breeds in the high grasslands of west Texas and into New Mexico and Arizona. The images here were taken in September, 2005, near Marfa, Presidio Co., Texas, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The next three shots of Eastern Meadowlark show a territorial, singing bird, in southern Tamaulipas, Mexico, in May, 2007. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender. Eastern Meadowlarks are quite common as nesters in the grasslands of this area.
Eastern Meadowlark
Sturnella magna
Lilian's race
Miller Ranch,
Presidio Co., Texas
23 May 2015
Eastern Meadowlark
Sturnella magna
Lilian's race
Miller Ranch,
Presidio Co., Texas
23 May 2015
Eastern Meadowlark
Sturnella magna
Lilian's race
Miller Ranch,
Presidio Co., Texas
23 May 2015
Eastern Meadowlark
Sturnella magna
Lilian's race
Miller Ranch,
Presidio Co., Texas
23 May 2015
Eastern Meadowlark
Sturnella magna
Lilian's race
Miller Ranch,
Presidio Co., Texas
23 May 2015