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Garrulus glandarius samios

Garrulus glandarius samios
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-24 11:09
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I found this handsome jay in the evening. He was looking for tasty caterpillars in the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite in Pythagorion, on Samos island. He was so busy that he doesn’t care of me. I could come quite close and took several photos, almost in full frame.

Garrulus glandarius Linnaeus, 1758
Family : Corvidae
Common names : Eurasian Jay [En], Geai des chęnes [Fr], Bayağı alakarga [Tu], Ghiandaia [It] , Arrendajo, Gayo [Sp]

The Eurasian Jay is a species of bird occurring over a vast region from Western Europe and north-west Africa to the eastern seaboard of Asia and down into south-east Asia. Across its vast range, several very distinct racial forms have evolved to look very different from each other, especially when forms at the extremes of its range are compared.

Eight racial groups (33 subspecies in total) are recognised by Madge & Burn (1994):[3]
- the nominate group (nine European races), with a streaked crown.
- the cervicalis group (three races in North Africa), with a rufous nape, grey mantle, very pale head sides, and a streaked or black crown.
- the atricapillus group (four races in Middle East, Crimea & Turkey), with a uniform mantle & nape, black crown and very pale face.
- the race hyrcanus (Caspian forests of Iran), small with black forecrown and broadly-streaked hindcrown.
- the brandtii group (four races in Siberia and northern Japan), with a streaked crown, reddish head, dark iris and grey mantle.
- the leucotis group (two races in south-east Asia), with no white in the wing, a white forecrown, black hindcrown and much white on the sides of the head.
- the bispecularis group (six races in the Himalayan region), with an unstreaked rufous crown, and no white wing-patch.
- the japonicus group (four races in the southern Japanese islands), with a large white wing-patch, blackish face and scaled crown.

This ‘black-capped’ jay or Garrulus glandarius samios (Kleiner, 1940) is distributed in Samos and Ikaria islands of Aegean Sea, Greece. It is part of the agricapillus group (samios, anatoliae, iphigenia, krynicki, atricapillus).

Madge S. & Burn H. (1999), Crows and Jays, Helm Identification Guides ISBN 978-0713652079.

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Hello Catherine,
This is a first class capture with superb natural colours and
outstanding focus. The composition with the bird resting on the rock
is great. Lovely POV and good light.
Have a nice weekend!

Hello Catherine friend,
WOW ... pose of this bird is fantastic ... very eloquent! ... I like the environment of this photo, is varied and assigns importance to the bird. Very well done, well documented as usual. Greetings, thanks for sharing, happy Sunday!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-24 12:03]

Hello Catherine
Excellent capture of this jay. Natural colors and great details
Thanks for sharing

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  • sotos (313)
  • [2010-04-24 12:12]

Γεια σου Κατερινα
This species is much difficulty to the see a net field
Congratulations for the nice result that eiches with nice color and some detail

Super capture. Excellent detail, Love the look as well. Background fits in perfectly

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-04-24 13:17]

Hellom Catherine,
This bird is frequent guest near my house. Your photo is very attractive, curious pose, excelent sharpness, nice blurred BG.
Friendly regards, Pawel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-24 16:14]

Salut Catherine,quel etrange oiseau ti montre nous aujourd'hui...et ta photo c'est la meilleure maniere pour le connaitre et pour admirer le magnifique design des plums et les couleurs! Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

Ciao Catherine. Extraordinary macro shot. Razor details and best DOF. What beautiful natural colours.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-25 7:59]

Beautiful bird and very well presented image.
I like especially the pose and composition.
Greetings and TFS.

hello Catherine
great shot of this difficuld bird to take a picture
they fly very quick when you wil make a picture
so you have a very good one
great sharpness and beautiful colours
with a nice pose and very good light
greeting lou

Preciosos colores, muy buena pose y fondo excelente.
Un precioso trabajo.
Buena semana Catherine: J. Ignasi.

Hallo Catherine
I want to flatter you for fine camerawork with this image and the Jay for its beauty, especially the patch of blue feathers in between the other.
It is a great image with lots of detail to appreciate. Best regards.

Another lovely pose you captured here MF! I remember your ardor when we see the same species in Ephesus:) At last you caught it in an expertly way in Samos.
Have a funny/happy time dear!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-10 5:35]

Hi Catherine,
such a sharp image well projected against the blurry background.
The flourescent blue patch is indeed very beautiful. you have shown it in good details and fantastic natural colour.
the whole image is well seen and i like the good note too.


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