Florida Scrub Jay,Aphelocoma coerulescens; Merritt Island NWR, Florida
I love photographing scrub jays, and the birds at Merritt Island are some of the best. As soon as my friend Tim Gallagher and I walked into their habitat, scrub jays flew in and landed atop our heads looking for a handout. It appears that these partiuclar birds are fed on a regular basis by birders. This jay alighted in nearby scrub hoping we would have something for it. Fortunately it stayed on this branch long enough for me to get a shot.
Tim Gallagher and Florida Scrub Jay
This is one of the jays that alighted on our heads awaiting a handout. Both Tim and I had a great time shooting these birds......once they stopped landing on us! Top Image: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/800 second @ f7.1