Saturday, October 30, 2010

Clark's Nutcracker

Oh hey look! It's a Clark's Nutcracker! I miss these guys, they're rather goofy and quite vocal. This one was in the White Mountains, CA, hanging out with the Bristlecones. Lucky! These guys are big seed dispersers for high elevation conifers (like Limber, White, Pinyon, Bristlecone Pines, etc). Fun watching them cache the seeds!Camera Critters SOOC Bird Photography Weekly Blue Monday

40 comments:

NatureFootstep said...

that´s a nutcracker I havn´t seen. Kind of strange it is only black and white. Nice shot.

jabblog said...

He's a very smartly dressed bird.

Out on the prairie said...

One I have never even heard of.

jen said...

What a beautiful bird. I've never seen one before. Thanks for sharing your capture!

Denise said...

Beautiful bird and he stands out so well with that lovely blue sky behind him. Superb photograph!

Heather T. said...

I've never seen one, but neither have I gone far from my little Vermont. Nice capture, and such a strong looking beak, he has.

~Heather, A Vermont Girl

Shahz said...

nice capture.. i've never seen one, i thinks we don't have it here in the phil. ;-)

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Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous photo! Blue sky, bit of tree, bit of pine cone, and a beautiful bird in his finest formal wear.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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RNSANE said...

I've never seen one before, either. He must have been waiting just for you. You captured the most incrdible shot of him. It couldn't be more pefect.

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

It really pose for you. Great shot

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Jan said...

Jill, fabulous capture. This is a "new" bird, for me.

guild-rez said...

Jill, this is a great shot.
I have never seens this bird before. Thanks!!
Clark's Nutcracker, Nucifraga columbiana, is a large passerine bird, in the family Corvidae.
Can be found in British Columbia and western Alberta in the north to Baja California and western New Mexico in the south.
- Cheers Gisela.

Leora said...

A proud, lovely portrait. I love the pine cone in the shot, too, and the blue, blue sky.

EG Wow said...

These birds are totally new to me. Knowing that they are goofy makes me want to see some in person. :)

Rambling Woods said...

I've never seen one ...is it a woodpecker...I will have to look that one up....

Cheerful said...

great shot. i was wondering now if i saw one like these in birdpark...:) Happy Sunday! :)

ruthi said...

this is an awesome shot. i never get so lucky with our winged friends.

Jan n Jer said...

Great shot, such a pretty bird, dont think I have ever seen one!

Lynn said...

A very regal-looking bird. Don't think nutcrackers are in Texas...not that I've heard of so you can understand why I enjoyed hearing its role in nature.

mick said...

A great photo. Your description suggests that it is a very important part of the ecosystem.

Neil said...

Beautiful looking bird

Kelly said...

...very cool bird and another I have to add to my travel list!

Sarah said...

So neat...I've got birds on mine today too!

HaPpY bLuE mOnDaY!
Sarah

Pie said...

First time I've seen one. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week.

My Blue Monday.

Lana Gramlich said...

Living east of the Rockies, I don't get to see such birds. Thanks for sharing yours. :)

Carolyn Ford said...

What a beautiful bird and what a cool shot of him way up there on the treetop!

dreamfalcon said...

great photo!

@nemonen said...

Lovely shot! I missed one shot on a rare bird today because I didn´t take my camera on the tour..

Shahz said...

Nice shot.. I've never seen that type of bird here.. happy BM!!

SmilingSally said...

What a beautiful, blue sky!

Thanks for sharing, Jill. Happy Blue Monday.

Barnens Hjältar said...

Nice picture of a nice bird :-)

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

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LV said...

This fellow knows he is the king of the birds. Standing there as at a attention and watching over the others.

Donnie said...

I had never seen a nutcracker. I appreciate your nature lessons on Mondays. Nature is so great.

Cindy said...

Very dapper! I would enjoy meeting him but I don't know if he shows up in Colorado.

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

great shot.

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eileeninmd said...

Awesome shot of the Clark's Nutcracker, Jill!

Briarside Lane said...

Great shot! Love your photography! ...Karen

Larry said...

That's a beautiful shot of the Clark's Nutcracker Jill! I have only seen them in Lassen Park, high up in the trees.