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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-20 16:28
Viewed: 3996
Points: 36
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) 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.

In Europe, "Jay" is used by people who speak the English language as a synonym for the Eurasian Jay.

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.

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 and other birds of prey such as Goshawks and Peregrines during the day.

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 and rowan berries, young birds and eggs and small rodents.

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.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-03-20 16:35]

Wow...una gran foto de una especie que no conocía, gran enfoque,fondo y nitidez del ave, que permite ver todos los detalles de la especie; muy buena la información tambien...saludos.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-20 16:41]

Salut Marius,
gata, m-am intors.
Si ma bucur sa regasesc aceste compozitii foarte faine ale tale.
Din nou o captura de mare clasa, felicitari.
O seara frumoasa,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-20 18:41]

Hola Marius.
Hermosos colores del plumaje de esta bella especie de ave. La pose exeente y con gran iluminacion y nitidez.

Hi Marius,

Excellent capture of this shy beauty with fine DOF providing a 3-D effect.
TFS and have a nice sunday!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-20 23:17]

Hi Marius.
Superb three-dimensional picture of an amazing bird. I have met this species only few times and did also few bad shots. Yours is simply great. Subject is superb. Details are ultimate. BG is fine too. Bravo. Well done.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-20 23:25]

Foarte bine surprinsa, nu e usor sa te apropii pentru ca e foarte sperioasa. Imi plec detaliile si culorile naturale.
Numai bine

Ciao Marius, beautiful diagonal composition with nice bird in great pose pose against a lovely blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
a splendid capture of the Eurasian Jay taken with superb sahrpness in a lovely posture,
very beautiful natural colours, excellent POV and composition with a great eye contact.
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-03-21 0:58]

Hello Marius,
This species is daily visitor about my home where grow three old oaks. You managed to take nice photo this beautiful species. Very nice pose, very good light and sharpness.
Friendly regards, Pawel

Hello Marius,
Beautiful picture, excellent sharpness and contrast, beautiful colors and beautiful composition.
Hello good Sunday

Ciao Marius. Excellent details and very good DOF for this detailed fiocused bird. Right light's management and beautiful bright colours.


Hi Marius,

Very great conducted. Stance, a beautiful composition and colors become. Light and sharpness is very successful. TFS

Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-21 5:36]

Hello Marius,
This Eurasian Jay seems to be very friendly...I know them as noisy and contestable birds. Nicely shown in a diagonal way, perched on the branch and looking towards the beholder.
I have seen yesterday a young one taking its bath in a brook.
Kind regards

davvero bello il ritratto a piena luce di questa ghiandaia,speciale la postura e ottimi i dettagli del piumaggio con il dettaglio caratteristico blu chiaro delle ali...
altra specie per la tua incredibile galleria,Marius ciao sERGIO

Buna Marius,
O gaita surprinsa in mediul ei, printre crengile copacilor, cu detalii si culori bune si o compozitie placuta.
Numai bine,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-24 12:59]

Hello Marius.
This one is very beautiful in its natural environment. Fantastic colours and great details in the feathers. Great composition and POV.Best regards Siggi

Salut Marius
Quel belle photo de ce jay eurasien! Cette photo est une photo parfaite dans sa composition, détail, couleurs et point de vue.

A very detailed frame.
One of the best I've ever seen.
The clarity is OUTSTANDING!!!
Excellent concise notes; educative.
Warm regards from COLD COLD canada.

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