Friday, December 30, 2011

Bird: Jays and ravens in the National Parks............

Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica)... this white, blue and grey-feathered bird, a member of the crow family, resides in the dense pinon-juniper forests of the Grand Canyon National Park. 
This one entertained us  hopping from twigs to twigs, trees to trees and constant chirping. 

The beautiful Jay perched atop a pine tree scanning the visitors thronging the Grand Canyon National Preserve, as we took a series of photographs of this bird, it held its ground the way it looks confidently with head held high...

This one perched on a memorial plaque in Powell Point enjoys the monumental beauty of the Grand Canyon.

I had never seen before, a corvid so beautiful.

A handsome, photogenic, pitch black raven, perched on a pine branch at Hermit's Rest ..unlike most of the other feathered species, this one with the shiny plumage, was least concerned of the crowds.  

Gray jay in Hurricane Ridge of Olympic National Park....

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