Posted by: atowhee | October 28, 2010

HIGHBROW EYEBROW

This is the face of a Western Scrub-Jay, not worried about my camera or my presence.  They see humans all the time and pay little heed unless we’re scattering seed.  Or slinging peanuts about.  I admire their eyeliner effect, especially this time of year when they’ve completed their summer-end molt.  They are now wearing their finest, freshest feathers which will carry them through the coldest and wettest part of the year here.   Seeing the medium blue of the back meeting the bolder blue of the head and nape, and then that almost-white eyeline, it’s easy to overlook the less glamorous plumage purpose: protecting the small body inside from cold, wet, bugs, accipiter near-misses and other slings and arrows that could be misfortune. Here’s a slightly different angle:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET’S FACE IT

While we looking at bird faces, here are a couple shots I’ve had for awhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steller’s Jay life-size, and small image of small Black-capped Chickadee.


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