Skylark (Alunda arvensis)

Skylarks are a common sight in much or our countryside, they have survived despite being threatened by changes in modern farming practices. This was photographed at Cottesgarth RSPB reserve on mainland Orkney, this open heath land free from pesticides is a popular environment for many birds. The slylark locates food by sight picking it up with quick deft movements of their heads and bills. They nest on the ground in a nest lined with leaves and fine stems. The 3 - 5 eggs hatch after 11 days.

We used a fast shutter speed and an f stop of F11 for good depth of field. The camera was on a monopod as these were taken whilst walking along a path.