Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pic of the Day

     Mexican Jay – Santa Rita Lodge; Madera Canyon, Arizona:  The Mexican Jay is a common species found in pine-oak canyons of the southeast Arizona mountains.   I photographed this Mexican Jay at the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, a world renown birding hotspot.  I typically travel to Madera Canyon to photograph hummingbirds, but the Santa Rita Lodge is a great place to photograph acorn woodpeckers, black-headed grosbeaks, blue grosbeaks, house finch, lesser goldfinch and Gould turkey.  The best time for hummingbirds is after July first, but I like late June as well, as the other species are in prime breeding plumage.   If you have never been birding in southeast Arizona, it is a trip worth making.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f4,  1/60 second @ f7.1

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