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Western Scrub-Jay
Aphelocoma californica
The Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) is a western jay which occurs from central Texas to New Mexico and most of the southwest. It is not a desert bird, but is more characteristic of foothills and some low mountain habitat. It is a noisy, raucous species and typically not shy about making its presence known. The first shot shown here was taken in Austin, Texas, in 1977. It is one of my first bird photos, and while perhaps not up to today's photography standards, I've always liked this shot.
The Western Scrub-Jay shown here was in Lincoln Co., New Mexico, in November, 2005.
The next 4 shots of Western Scrub-Jays were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in March, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens. The 4th shot at right shows a close up of the head of this species.

Western Scrub-Jay
Aphelocoma californica
near Oracle,
Pinal Co., Arizona
3 October 2013


32.5934
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Western Scrub-Jay
Aphelocoma californica
near Oracle,
Pinal Co., Arizona
3 October 2013


32.5934
-110.7287

Western Scrub-Jay
Aphelocoma californica
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
13 February 2015