Green Jay

Green Jay, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Las Fresnos, TexasI rarely post birds two days in a row, but after yesterday’s trogon from Thailand, it got me thinking of all the great birds we have here in the United States. Along with the painted bunting and the western tanager, I consider the green jay to be the finest looking bird in the land (colorwise, at least). They can only be found in southern Texas, but are quite abundant throughout their range — which extends through Mexico and down into northern South America. I photographed this one at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Las Fresnos, Texas.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 240mm) ISO 800, f/4 at 1/160th of a second

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  1. Sue January 12, 2018 at 12:58 am #

    It’s a real beauty! One day I’d like to travel to that region just to see the birds that take up residence in Texas, New Mexico & Arizona.

    • Sean Crane January 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

      Lots of good birds down there Sue. And I’ve heard that many of the ranches in southern Texas have been converted into wildlife photography lodges.

  2. mom January 12, 2018 at 6:23 am #

    Spectacular coloring.

  3. Susan Rubeo January 12, 2018 at 6:35 am #

    Surprised they are not found in Florida
    Sure is a beautiful bird 🦅

    Aunt Sue

    • Sean Crane January 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

      Yeah, just Texas as far as the lower 48.

  4. Kim S. Schinkel January 12, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Just as long as they don’t exhibit the senseless violence of the bluejay that I’ve witnessed…….

    • Sean Crane January 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      They can be aggressive. I do like them though.

  5. Peter Butterfield January 12, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    —– Handsome not always is
    —– As handsome does
    —– Brain to deceive
    —– Beauty to charm
    —– Corvid won’t cast away
    —– Traditions of his family
    —– In the shade of a cantina .

  6. Shardae January 12, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    That is a gorgeous looking bird! And you know how I feel about birds.

    • Sean Crane January 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      I do know Shardae. Oh do I know.

  7. michael huber January 12, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    great pic. ) we need more of these color birds in calif. AND LESS PEOPLE TO DEAL WITH. )

  8. michael huber January 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

    great pic. ) thankyou for taking pic. of bird and different aminal in the u.s. a. ) for ever body on our list. thanks again. me. )

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