Eastern Meadowlark at Dinner Island Ranch WMA
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – DINNER ISLAND RANCH WMA, FL
This is a photo of an Eastern Meadowlark I captured at Dinner Island Ranch using a Nikon D80 with a Tamron 28-300mm lens.
The Eastern Meadowlark, Sturnella magna, is a medium-sized icterid bird, very similar in appearance to the Western Meadowlark. It occurs from eastern North America to South America, where it is also most widespread in the east.
Adults have yellow underparts with a black “V” on the breast and white flanks with black streaks. The upperparts are mainly brown with black streaks. They have a long pointed bill; the head is striped with light brown and black
The clear, melodious whistles of the Eastern Meadowlark are a familiar and welcome sound across farms and grasslands in eastern North America. Eastern and Western meadowlarks are closely related; the two species are very difficult to distinguish except by voice and location, but they do not readily hybridize where their ranges meet.