Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pic of the Day

   Scrub Jay – Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida:  Florida host many endangered species.   One, the Scrub Jay can be found in scrub oak habitat across Florida in isolated patches. This bird was found along the Scrub Jay Trail at Merritt Island NWR on Cape Canaveral.  This bird, along with its mate was not only approachable, but showed no wariness to people.  While the female of the pair gathered nest material, the male gathered insects to feed her.  When the male caught an insect he would fly to the female and feed her the morsel.  The jays carried on their nuptial duties within a few feet of me, as if I were invisible.  It is always exciting to see birds behaving naturally only a few feet away.
   This bird was photographed as it perched atop a small tree between catching insects for its mate.  I captured the bird as it turned and looked into my camera lens.  The perspective of the image shows the Scrub Jay as if it were giving me a stern forceful look.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f4, digital capture ISO 200, 1/1000 sec. @ f9

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