Young Skylark

Just a couple of photos today, of a recently fledged skylark that I spotted at Sheepcote Valley today. Skylarks are possibly the distinctive sound of the countryside as they hover high above fields with a constant trilling, before spiralling back down to earth. Recent significant declines in their population mean they are ‘red listed’. The decline is thought to be due to changes in farming practices. Nice then to see a healthy youngster.

young skylark

Young skylark at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

young skylark

Young skylark at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

2 Comments

  1. Darko June 9, 2018 at 12:08 am #

    Haven’t seen them for a long time, not many are left in Serbia.

    • Words June 9, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

      We seem to do quite well with them locally, and there are lots of projects to protect nesting areas at the edge of fields, including many more paths that are now restricted so that the rough vegetation can survive. I love their song.