Every now and then you get a special moment with a bird when you're not even looking. On a recent trip to Rocky Mountain National Park we stopped at a pullover to see the view and as we stood there with the nippy wind swirling about a Clark's Nutcracker landed feet away. I raced to the car and was able to get back in time to capture a few up-close-and-personal shots.
I've never seen such a friendly Clark's Nutcracker. Mostly my interactions with the species have been a quick flyover while hiking or a brief feeder visit that turns short with any sudden movements.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful park and it was made even more special with the appearance of such a cooperative bird.