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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-16 12:27
Viewed: 6590
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one was a frequent visitor to the open air Hotel Restaurant, helped itself to breakfast lunch and supper. Even made it to snack time. Mind you, he was the only one getting served at the table in the buffet type Restaurant. He was quite the attraction and well liked table guest .
You can see this thief in action in the workshop

White-throated Magpie-Jay, Calocitta formosa is a large Central American jay species. It ranges in Pacific-slope thornforest from Jalisco, Mexico to Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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nice bird, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-16 12:54]

Hi Sky. What an unusual looking bird i have have not seen so thanks for posting. You have captured a nice pose in the tree with its head turned. with good detail and colours. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-16 13:33]

Hola Sky,
extraña ave para mi,
original pov,
hermosos colores y ambiente,
saludos amiga.

Hello my friend Sky,
Excellent composition which included the full size of the Magpie with it's tail and is beautiful!
the image is sharp with good colour and details
well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-16 14:02]

Wow! What a stunning bird!
Very clear image of it!
Sharp, crystal clear and full of detail.
Nice diagonal composition.
Great sharpness.
Superb DOF.
Well done Sky!!!!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-16 14:08]

Hi Sky,

Superb capture of lovely Magpie Jay.
nicely composed with a good POV and I like the pose amongst the palms.
Good details and great colours.
I've not seen this bird before and its really lovely I like its crest and I like the workshop view.
I would quite happily share my food with him too.


Hello Sky. Gorgeous bird captured brillintly under the green palm leaves. Superb sharpness and clarity of this top quality image. Best regards. Jusni

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-16 23:32]

Hi Sky, this bird is a new one for me, so thanks for the introduction. I like the composition you've used for this shot. The bird is long, with that tail of his, and you've accommodated him with the long portrait format. The palm foliage he's one and surrounded by makes an excellent natural frame and backdrop for the bird. He's seen in good light with great colour and very good sharp detail.

Thanks, John

Was für eine Schönheit, und ich galube er weiß es auch. Tolle Aufnahme, bei der man den Brustring so gut sehen kann.
Viele Grüße aus dem sonnigen Hessen, nachdem wir in der Nacht wohl den letzten Frost für diesen Winter hatten,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-17 2:49]

Hi Sky,
Splendid shot of this elegant bird with such lovely colours and details on its plumage. The longish tail looks majestic. I like the natural surrounding of palm leaves and the perfect illumination and light/shadow effect. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Bonjour Sky
Très bonne idée que de photographier cet oiseau sous les palmes.
Il est très élégant avec son collier
à bientôt

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-17 7:14]

Hello Sky

A beautiful shot of this Magpie-Jay.
The diagonal flow of the image is lovely.
The colours are lovely.
Excellent sharpness and detail.


Hi Sky, I see you have captured the Magpie-Jay in Costa Rica which I would also like to do some time. You got such a beautiful pose here and a fine POV to see many wonderful details of this lovely bird. The composition is fantastic with the bird amongst the arching palm leaves. Excellent exposure also. Well done! Tfs Richard

Hi again my beloved friend Sky,
A superb shot of this White-throated Magpie-Jay with superb clarity, lighting and framing.
Greetings from Cyp.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-17 11:36]

Hello Sky,
What a fabulous bird you've saved up for now!! Very well captured in a fine pose and in beautiful light. It looks really good against the background of palm leaves. Great focus, sharp details and beautiful colours.
Well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-17 12:52]

Hello Sky,
Nice capture of this beautiful bird!


I liked your image of the 'thief' immensely in your workshop, Sky! The rogue has a twinkle of mischief it its eyes.
This capture from below shows the front of the bird very effectively.
I like its crest and that black 'garland' around its chest.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-17 20:26]

Hello Sky.
Incredible beautiful species, I wouldn't call him a thief, just opportunistic. Great plumage details and colors in this fine composition. Thanks for sharing Sky.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-17 22:02]

Hello Sky,
A great bird and an excellent sharp capture of it under the palm fronds.
You caught this Magpie Jay in a fine pose to show it well from below and the composition is great.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-04-17 23:08]

Hello dear Sky,
What a lovely bird and shot for our eyes pleasure ! At the first look the background can be seen as busy, but in fact I like the original and geometric green shape.
The "+++" : composition, nice subject and pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, exposure, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing as usual...
Bravo and thanks for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-18 0:37]

Hi Sky.
Simply wonderful subject and picture. Surrounding are fine as well as the very nice bird with impressive long tail and elegant pose and hear turning. Bravo. Perfecy shot.

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-04-18 17:44]

Hi Sky,
good shot over this strange bird. Lucky you that can see it from the hotel!!! amazing!
Good work with BG and natural colours. Details of the feathers are nice too and it´s nice to see the hole bird. Good work!
have a nice day

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-20 3:44]

Hi Sky,
Good document to show why this funny bird is arround restaurant. Good details, pose and composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2008-04-21 11:55]

Very nice bird and good sharp good colour and details.TFS...

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-21 12:11]

hello sky
lucky day for you and its beautiful species
i like composition, POV, colours and details

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-21 12:23]

Hi Sky

I wouldn't mind a thief as pretty as this :) Lovely composition and sharp. The cheeky character comes out in the pose you caught.



Hello Sky lovely bird and very well composed nice detail congrats tfs rgds Necip

Hi Sky,
I love this shot with the magpie surrounded by those beautiful palm leaves! Must have been fun to see him having his meals there...:o) Much nicer than the seagulls we have around here! :o)
This is a beautiful photo I really like his pose and the cool greeen colors.

Hello Sky,
This is a lovely fellow, as judged by the behaviour you describe he is for sure related to my local magpies!
A fine composition with good details, and I notice this impressive tail, I bet he is quite an acrobat in air!
Pablo -

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-04-22 11:45]

Hello Sky !
What a wonderful bird, I had never seen it before, I'm happy you posted this picture. His colorq are nice, as well as the long feathers on his head. Excellent details, ice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, and a very beautiful pose of the bird. Very well done !

Hi Sky,
What an elegant beauty! I like its tail a lot, its pose and composition a lot. You managed well with exposure too and this natural environment is great! Well seen and have a great day :)!

Hi Sky,
Great comp, POV, details, and pose. This jays very long tail looks makes it look quite exotic...Oh yeah, it is ;}
Wonder what it looks like inflight?
Well done,

Hi Sky.
Beautiful bird's picture made from so good sharpness and it looks back with super exposition, sight attracts, applause.
I greet Robert

Sorry Sky, I've missed on a lot of your work...This is an excellent shot with great detailing!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-18 15:47]

Hi Sky

This is a beautiful bird with its long tail and fancy headgear. I like the evidence you have included in the workshop. Caught in the act – no dispute.

The soft light of the shade worked well for this shot to counter any possible OE on the white plumage of the bird. You made good use of it although it forced you to select a pretty slow shutter speed, but you did excellent under the circumstances. The vertical composition worked well and the green BG makes to bird stand out in the frame.

Good work and TFS.

Salut Sky
Belle composition, le Geai bleu est mon oiseau préféré j'aime bien ses couleurs et son vol gracieux et aisé. La pose de l'oiseau sur cette tige est parfaite. Félicitations et bonne journée.
Merci et au revoir...JP

This is a very good POV. An interesting bird as well. I believe these are the ones friend's told me about that would make a distraction, then come onto the table and steal their food when they were not looking.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-07-03 12:16]

Hello Sky,

Wow! It is a real fascinating bird!!! A combination between a jay and a magpie!!! I'm very impressed!!!

Nice composition and excellent exposition but the leaves are a little bit annoying for me... I also prefer the POV of the workshop. Ideally the POV of the workshop in a natural and less busy environment...

But the bird is fantastic!!!



Hallo Sky,

What a pretty bird. I like the picture, very nice pose, and well presented.


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