The sparrow lark that was too close

Once I saw a little bird come hop, hop, hop!
And I cried, “Little bird, will you stop, stop, stop?”
I was going to say, “How do you do?”
But he shook his little tail and away he flew.

When you are travelling with folks who are not fixated on (clicking) a specific species and whole-heartedly pursue any possible opportunities for larks and pipits, that usually makes for a great outing and you invariably come back with some pics that evoke some interesting memories. This one from my last trip fall in that category.

We were entering the Desert National Park in the morning and had stopped to get the entry tickets. As we were all stretching our legs and trying to thaw our frozen fingers in the early morning sun, we saw a flock of Black-crowned Sparrow Lark not too far away from us. One of them was busy foraging and kept moving in our direction. We were alert to the possibility and were all lying flat on the ground with our different cameras, clicking away as he kept coming closer and closer till he was right on our lenses. At one point I had stopped clicking and was just observing the little guy and admiring him. And then he flew away.


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