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Florida scrub-jay        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The Florida scrub jay looks much like the western scrub jay (very common in my home state of California), but it is an endangered species because of a high dependence on oak scrublands.   These require periodic fires to persist, and the habitat is rapidly disappearing due to intense development pressures.   Most of the birds are carefully watched and carry color bands for individual identification.   I photographed this bird in Oscar Scherer State Park near Venice, Florida.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 500 mm IS lens plus 2X extender, fill-in flash (2005)