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Steller's jay        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Steller's jays are found from Alaska into central America and in much of the western US, in areas where there are large trees.   Although they are a classic bird of deep conifer forests, they can also be found in oaks.   In some areas they overlap with the paler, uncrested western scrub jay.   I took these pictures near Forest Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California; Big Basin Redwoods in Santa Cruz County, California, and on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada (these birds were extracting seeds from the large cones of Jeffrey pines).

  • Digital captures, Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, or 1D4, 500 mm f4 IS lens or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash (2004, 2006, 2011)