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Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Jay
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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-16 10:33
Viewed: 3862
Points: 28
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Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

Class: AVES
Common Name/s: EURASIAN JAY (E)
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) occurs 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.

A member of the widespread jay group, and about the size of the Jackdaw, it inhabits mixed woodland, particularly with oaks, and is an habitual acorn hoarder. In recent years, the bird has begun to migrate into urban areas, possibly as a result of continued erosion of its woodland habitat.

Feeding in both trees and on the ground, it takes a wide range of invertebrates including many pest insects, acorns (oak seeds, which it buries for use during winter), beech mast and other seeds, fruits such as blackberries, rowan berries etc., young birds, mice, small reptiles and small snakes.

It nests in trees or large shrubs laying usually 4–6 eggs that hatch after 16–19 days and are fledged generally after 21–23 days. Both sexes typically feed the young.

Its usual call is the alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the Jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the Jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a Tawny Owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the Jay is a potential prey item for owls at night.


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Photo Info:

This picture was taken last weekend during a trip to Lake Sfanta Ana. It is a beautiful place which also has a nice legend.
The weather was fine, scattered clouds crossing the sky, wind blowing pretty strong but most part of the day sunny. Continuous adjustment of exposure settings was necessary because of the the quickly flying clouds.


ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/400 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.60
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
White Balance - Auto

PP in CS2:

- RAW to TIF to JPG;
- sharpened with high pass filter;
- cloned out some distracting thin twigs;
- cropped, resized, added frame and signature;

ralfsworld, jaycee, ellis49, Juyona, horia, Ken52, peter_stoeckl, saeedabbasi, cecilia, loot, eliz has marked this note useful
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Hi Eduard
Really well saturated shot of this Eurasian Jay.
Details and pose work nice together with strong colours.
Maybe less with usm in Photoshop...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-16 11:08]

Hi Eduard,

Beautiful capture of this Eurasian Jay. Lovely colors, pose, and setting. Nice sharp details.


Hi Eddie,
this is a beautiful pictere with lovely colours.
The jay stand out nicely from the blue sky.
Exposure and details are spot on.
You must have been close here and I know how shy this bird is,
so you did a great job.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-16 19:28]

Hola amigo Eduard,
perfecta captura,
bellos y magníficos detalles,
original pov.
magnífica nota.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-16 23:04]

Hola Eduard.-Una especie de ave nueva para mi. Bella foto, con exelente nitidez.

Good detail and exposure, well taken.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 4:43]

Hi Edi

Din nou o poza foarte misto de la tine cu inca o pasare frumoasa.
Imi place foarte mult simplitatea din compozitia asta, cu doar o ramura ramificata si nimic altceva decat un cer senin in spate.
Expunerea a fost lucrul cel mai dificil aici cred (in special daca tot alternau norii cu soarele senin) dar cu toate acestea culorile si detaliile ti-au iesit superb.
Imi place de-asemenea si nota despre specie cat si despre tehnica folosita la fotografiere.
Sper sa mai vedem si alste poze facute la Sf. Ana :)

Bravo si TFS

Hello Eduard,
I like this POV and beautiful composition. You also caught nice details on the bird and great colors. The blue of the sky is amazing... This is a nice specie that we don't have here... I enjoyed reading those notes about this place that carries an interesting legend :-) TFS this great presentation,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-17 21:49]

Eddie, hello my friend! I think you are doing an excellent job with your bird series. The light in this photo is outstanding. Also nice sharp focus and good timing to snap the photo while the bird was making good eye contact. Avery nice composition and beautiful blue background.

Hi Eduard,
I've never seen this bird, it's so pretty and I love your view up to the blue sky.
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Eddie,
very pleasant painting of light, showing our friend the "Eichelhäher" taken in difficult but very awarding and well managed backlight in a strikingly beautiful place - thank you for the link!
Perfectly well balanced clear composition.
Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi dear Eduard ,
great work with excellent composition.
it has amazing colours and great sharpness.
perfect work
thanks for sharing

Wow! great colours and detail you got here...
I like it....

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-05-01 15:45]
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Hi Eduard

Wow, what an impressive blue, blue sky. Sorry, I know I need to focus on the Jay, but I just had to compliment that sky first. There is no possibility for the birdie to fly away so I am not afraid of missing it before I could do a critique on it.

I just love this composition with the V-split in the branches. While the upright branch frames the shot on the left vertical the other branch runs nicely on the diagonal to deliver the little bird almost on the 1/3 vertical axis on the right hand side of the photo. The colours are vibrantly saturated and the details are fittingly sharp and well defined. The blue sky acts as a magnificent BG that compliments the subject and the exposure was well managed resulting in great contrasts.

Very well done MF and TFS.

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