Antelope Island State Park in Utah is a wildlife photographer’s paradise, providing plenty of opportunities to capture stunning shots of birds in their natural habitat. One such bird that caught my attention was the Horned Lark, a small passerine bird that inhabits open fields, meadows, and prairies across North America.

Horned Lark
Horned Lark

During my camping trip to Antelope Island, I would start my mornings by driving around the island in search of wildlife to photograph. The great thing about this state park is that you can easily spot and photograph a variety of birds from the comfort of your vehicle. It was during one of these drives that I was able to spot the Horned Lark.

To capture the perfect shot of this beautiful bird, I used a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup to support my camera and lens. This allowed me to stabilize my equipment and minimize any shaking or blurriness in the final image.

The Horned Lark is easily recognizable by its distinctive black mask, yellow throat, and tiny “horns” that protrude from its head. These “horns” are actually tufts of feathers that are often raised when the bird is agitated or singing. In addition to its unique appearance, the Horned Lark is also known for its beautiful, melodious song, which can be heard throughout the year in its various habitats.

Overall, my experience photographing the Horned Lark at Antelope Island State Park was a memorable one. It’s always a thrill to capture stunning images of these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat, and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to do so.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Antelope Island State Park (Utah)
  • Date and Time Taken: June 3, 2022 (10:55 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: 0.3
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

Here is another photo of a Horned Lark that I took: Horned Lark On Sage Brush