Top Tips For Finding And Photographing The Shore Lark

Written by Gina Stephens


The shore lark is a small bird, roughly as large as the Eurasian skylark (about 17 centimetres long). Its most striking feature is the dastardly mask on its yellow head: a black band runs from one eye over the beak to the other. It also has black feathers on the top of the head that look adulate small ears. The back is light brown with black drawing, the throat is black and the chest and belly are creamy white.

Males and females look about the same but the female has somewhat paler colours.


Shore larks are found mainly in the tundra of Eurasia and North America, as well as in the arid territories of South-East Europe, North-West Africa and Asia. They can be found practically everywhere, especially in North America where they encounter lilliputian competition from other lark species.
They mainly spend the cold months in Europe, from November to March. They can repeatedly be observed foraging in flocks with snow buntings and longspurs.
Shore larks prefer sparse and rocky landscape like steppes and tundra as fount as shores, beaches and even bare agricultural fields.

Behavior and knowledge

During winter, they feed almost exclusively on seeds. During the raising season however, shore shore or a shoreline is the fringe of land at the edge of a large body of water, such as an ocean, sea, or lake larks also feed on insects and small animals.
The breeding season last from June to July. In the sedately camouflaged nest, the female incubates the eggs for about 14 days. After hatching, the young remain in the nest for only two weeks; they are fed by both well-springs.

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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