Blue Jay

I was outside the Lilly Nature Center when I saw what I thought was a piece of debris on the path. As I approached I could see that it was a Blue Jay, but was it dead? It was completely frozen in this position and my initial reaction was that some jerk propped up this dead bird on the trail for all to enjoy. I took a look through my lens and I couldn’t tell whether he was taxidermied or alive. As I approached, I couldn’t help but think that maybe I was some kind of bird-whisperer. It didn’t make sense to me that this little jay had suddenly lost connection with his fundamental fight-or-flight survival mechanism, or did he choose to fight? I was six feet away when he came back to life and hopped up onto a low hanging tree branch nearby. It occurred to me as I was writing this that most likely there was a hawk in a tree behind me watching him. Since taking this photo I have seen birds freeze like this in the presence of hawks and each time it has baffled me.

Blue Jay

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