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Horned Lark
Eremophila alpestris
The Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) is a nesting species across almost all of the United States and Canada. In winter the northern most nesting birds drop southward to some extent, but the bird still winters across the entire United States. The male on the immediate left and the female just below were both photographed at Bolivar Flats, Galveston Co., Texas, in March, 2001, with a Canon EOS 3 and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens on Fuji Provia film. Scroll down for more photos.
The male shown here as well and the next shot at right were photographed in the Pawnee National Grasslands in Weld Co., Colorado, in June, 2001, with the same gear as above. The 2nd shot really shows the "horns" from which the species earns its common name. The next show shows a female sitting on a nest, also at the Pawnee Grasslands.
The next 9 images were taken at the Pawnee National Grasslands, Weld Co., Colorado, in June, 2007. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and often a 1.4 or 2X extender. The male in the two shots at right is in nice plumage as he patrols the grassland.
The Horned Lark shown here has captured a worm of some sort. The bird flew off carrying this food item, perhaps to a nearby nest.
Juvenile Horned Larks look quite unlike the adults. The juvenile bird in the next two shots was out investigating its prairie habitat.
Horned Lark
Eremophila alpestris
Padre Island National Seashore,
Kleberg Co., Texas
22 December 2015
Lat 27.310775, Lon -97.33913
Horned Lark
Eremophila alpestris
along FM 3214,
near Palo Duro Reservoir,
Hansford Co., Texas
15 June 2016
Lat 36.3649, Lon -101.1955