Bobolink Songbirds, Lincoln, Missouri.

Bobolink. Photo: Garrett Sheets/Audubon Photography Awards
Species: Bobolink
Location: Dunn Ranch Prairie, Lincoln Township, Missouri
Camera: Canon EOS 60D with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens; 1/1250 second at f/6.3; ISO 400
Story Behind the Shot: At sunset the Dunn Ranch Prairie becomes a field of golden grasses, which provided a perfect setting for this male as he perched briefly for a curious glance at my camera.
The robotic tone of his song was echoed by dozens of other Bobolinks as they flew overhead.
I was almost too excited to take the photo, but I secured a burst of photos before he took off, flying far out over the grasses.
Bird Lore: Most songbirds nesting in grasslands of the United States and Canada are short-distance migrants at most.
The Bobolink is a striking exception, vacating North America entirely in fall, spending mid­winter south of the Equator in South America.
Bobolinks molt before migrating, the male trading his snappy summer plumage for subtle buff-brown tones.
Source: The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners | Audubon

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