I stopped the car to take these photos of one we saw at the side of the road just after going out our driveway.
The light was rather harsh for this shot, but it is interesting to note that this bird's left leg has a swelling at the "ankle." I wonder what caused the malformation, whether disease, an injury or a developmental defect.
While I have often captured only their brown backs, this is one of my favorite shots--
I love to catch them singing, as I did with this one at nearby Jones Meadow Park.
Meadowlarks are abundant at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve about a mile away.
This one seems to have responded to a command from the drill sergeant: "Left wing, Salute!"