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Eastern Meadowlark 20110522 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Eastern Meadowlark 20110522

The light was rather harsh. Note that the bird's left leg has a swelling at the "ankle." All this week Spotted Sandpipers have been singing in the vacant lot in front of our Illinois condo. Yesterday I saw one atop a pile of rubble near the edge of our street, so I stopped there this morning, using the car as a blind, hoping to photograph them from only about 20 feet. A Horned Lark was there when I arrived, so I moved the car slowly into position, opened the windows, raised my camera-- and the lark flew off! After about 10 minutes a Spotted Sandpiper began moving between rock piles and suddenly was right in front of me. Visit

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Taken on May 22, 2011