In yesterday’s post I painted Western Scrub Jays (Aphelocoma californica) as disruptive and I told about how they dominate the bird blind area when I go to photograph birds. I found this quiet Western Scrub Jay the last time I photographed birds so I thought I would show the other side of the Scrub Jay. In addition, this one was sitting in a tree versus the bird blind tree stumps that serve as suet feeders. I catch grief from one of my friends that all my bird photos are on the “same stump”. Well, this one is not…
Western Scrub Jays, as the name implies, reside in the western United States and central Mexico. Central Texas is actually their eastern most point. I use a website called eBird to determine where birds are sighted. For example, you can see all of the Western Scrub Jay sightings on a map by clicking here. The darker the square the more sightings recorded. You can also zoom in to the city level and see exactly where the bird was sighted and who recorded the sighting. It is a great tool to identify the primary location of a particular bird species.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens set on 400mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/400th of a second and the ISO set at 400. This is a single photograph processed in Lightroom.
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Beautiful pose and very nice image.