Western Scrub-Jays at Pedernales Falls State Park


As I mentioned in my last post, Ann and I went to Wimberley, Texas for a visit with some friends.  Initially we had planned on going to the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, and also visiting the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in nearby San Antonio.  As it turned out, Hornsby Bend was closed because of a fire a few days ago, and Mitchell Lake turned out to be open only on weekends.

So what to do if you are served lemons, well as they say, you make lemonade.  We were only a few miles from the Pedernales Falls State Park.  We decided to check out the bird blinds there that I heard about from a friend.  It turned out to be two blinds, each one facing the opposite direction.  For photography, that was excellent, giving that the light was so that you could have your choice of sun direction.

We made two trips there, on consecutive days.  I came home with 860 images of several different species.  Out of those, I hope to cull out maybe a dozen or so keepers.  For this post, I have picked out a few images of  a Western Scrub-jay, (Aphelocoma.californica).

Western Scrub-jay

Western Scrub-jay

Western Scrub-jay

Western Scrub-jay

Western Scrub-jay

Western Scrub-jay

I hope you enjoyed the photos, as much as I enjoyed our little trip to get them.  Incidentally, if you want to visit a picturesque little village in the hill country of Central Texas, this is the place to go.  For my own taste, I still love our wide open spaces at home in San Angelo, Texas.  But Wimberley has much to offer, great scenery, certainly more trees than I am used to, great little restaurants, and is closed to the attractions of Austin and San Antonio.

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