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.

Click on any image to see an enlargement.

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32 thoughts on “Western Scrub-Jays at Pedernales Falls State Park

  1. I visited a cousin near Wimberley last year and felt closed in by a monoculture-looking landscape of small oaks. I, too, love the open views. For bluebonnets, go to Brenham and the area around Chappell Hill, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, etc. It’s got the Hill Country beat by a mile.

  2. Sounds like a great trip, and I love your jay photos. The blue plumage is just unreal. We always love going through our photos after a few days away! Looking forward to seeing some more.

  3. Glad that you and Ann found a spot and love the colour of the scrub jays as well as their surroundings. The country side sounds very appealing as does the village and restaurants.

  4. Good to know you and Ann had fun and I can tell by the number of photos you took, you had a great time!! Look forward to more stunning photos like this jay….love the color. hugs

  5. Amazing photos! Great job of turning lemons into lemonade! Have never seen one “in the feather;” we have Florida Scrub Jays which are somewhat different but I love the coloring. Thanks for the share!

  6. Bob, Sorry to hear Mitchell Lake was closed. ARRRGH! Definitely worth a weekend trip, though. Pedernales Falls is where I saw my first Painted Buntings. Still can’t get over them! (A friend says they look like sparrows dressed up for Mardi Gras.) Love these photos. Can’t wait to see more! Cheers, Denise

  7. The blinds at Pedernales Falls SP are outstanding. I always seem to be there in the morning so I’m shooting out of the full glassed in one, but I’ve seen folks pull out some nice shots out of the old blind as well. Can’t wait to see the rest. Well shot on this WESJ.

    • Thanks, Jim. Yes, I really enjoyed those blinds. Especially the newer one. I think that later in the day the light would be really great in the old one. I think I got a few images there, but the sun was still pretty much overhead then.

  8. Well you certainly turned lemons into lemonade..great photos. We had scrub jay last summer at our feeders..he was a real opportunist and not at all people shy..They are really a neat colored bird. Glad you are back and sounds like a fun trip.

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