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A blue jay under snow

A blue jay under snow
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds and Animals in the Snow, !BJ ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-10 10:02
Viewed: 7971
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Blue Jay
(Cyanocitta cristata)

It would be hard to overlook the Blue Jay in Quebec. Its broad, yet distinctive repertoire of songs, its bold coloration, and it's distribution in nearly all forested habitats of Southern Quebec make this species known to wilderness campers and suburban dwellers alike. Although originally an inhabitant of wilderness areas, the Blue Jay has adapted well to human-dominated landscapes, and commonly dominates bird feeding stations. Although its diet is mostly plant materials such as seeds, nuts, and berries, the Blue Jay is actually an omnivore; insects, small mammals, amphibians, fish, and even the eggs and young of other birds round out the Blue Jay's diet.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-10 10:14]

Hi Jean Paul.
You have found out a very nice model. It looks on the snow perfectly. Nice composition, amazing combination of colours, excellent details and sharpness of the bird and very fine BG. Great job. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-10 10:19]

Bravo! Ten stars for this one!
Love his pose and the blue against the white snow makes it extra special!
Nice composition!
Thanks & TFS,


another lovely image of this blue jay,
nicely composed,
very good color,
looks so cold,


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2006-12-10 10:30]

Amazing shot.
Great colors and well captured moment.
Good details and composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-10 10:32]

Bonsoir Jeanpaul,
Magnifique ce geai bleu dans la neige. Ce sont deux couleurs qui s'accordent si bien. Très joli ausssi les taches vertes des feuilles sous la couverture neigeuse. L'hiver semble bien installé chez vous.
Meilleures salutations

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-10 10:37]

Hi Jean-Paul.
Very atractive combinacion colours.Splendid blue jay surrounded snow white,it is impressive.Beautiful composition,maybe shift main subject little to the right(mine feeling).Good POV and nice details.I like it.
Very nice work!
TFS and regards.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

WOW, les couleurs sont superbes, j'aime beaucoup cette photo. Bravo pour une superbe prise.


Such a fantastic bird, Jeanpaul, I wished we also had them here in Germany, but I think it's not common here ;-(
Sharpness is excellent, what a beauty, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

The image of the blue bird stands out beautifully against the white snow, JP.
Very fine point of view, sharpness and colors.
The bird with its wings fluffed up looks adorable.
Thanks and take care.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-10 12:01]

Hi Jeanpaul

Fanatastic shot with superb details, nicely presented composition and a great pose and POV, the Blue Jay always looks beautiful but it looks especially wonderful sitting amongst the snow, I think he looks a bit fed up with the weather though.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi JeanPaul,
Great winter scene on the Blue Jay. An excellent job on the exposure to get the white snow right, and the colors so beautiful. Excellent detail. The shot is perfectly composed and framed.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-10 13:19]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Great capture and beautiful colors.
POV,sharpness and details are great.

Hi Jeanpaul,
Very nice capture.POV,clear details,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!.TFS.


Bonsoir Jean Paul,
Une très belle prise de vue bien nette et bien cadré.
Très belle couleur de l'oiseau sur le fond blanc, très joli..!
Une très bonne note pour accompagner le tout...c'est impec..!
Bien à toi et bonne soirée.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-10 15:33]

Hello JeanPaul,
Beautiful winter capture of the Blue Jay.
Nice pose and POV. The colors have another tone in the snow.
TFS, best wiahes, Ivan

Hello Jeanpaul,
Very lovely shot you've taken!!
Wow, beautiful bird and BG, delicate details and nice DOF and POV. I love this photo very much.
Regards and TFS,

Preciosos contrastes Jeanpaul. Muy bellos colores de este pajarillo. Estupenda composición y magnífico encuadre.
Muchos saludos, JL.

Oh and look how he poses for you too!! Looks like hes been eating well and also looks like its winter at your house!!
beautiful winter shot of a beautiful bird, I've always loved blue jays even though people complain about them..they are just too pretty not to like..:o) TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on my photo " December Storm -5" :o)

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  • gilot (73)
  • [2006-12-10 19:52]

Félicitations Jean-Paul.
La photo est très bonne. Le bleu ressort superbement bien sur ce beau fond de neige et de branchage. Encore Bravo!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-11 2:36]

Fantastic shot Jeanpaul, very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

Hi JeanPaul

Well done on a great shot. Lovely details you show here. Good POV and well handled exposure. TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-11 3:34]

Hi Jeanpaul

Another gorgeous shot of this very cute blue jay.
I raelly like the contrast between its colors and everything else all around...very well seen and captured.
Also the POV is excellent, the DOF is great and the composition very beautiful.
Bravo and TFS

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-11 4:03]

Hi Jeanpaul,
It is always a pleasure to look at you photo's. I like how the blue stands out against the snow. Your jay is all fluffed up to keep warm, well composed and good pov. As said beautiful colours and good bg.
gr. paula

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Nicely capturing this cute anf fluffy bluejay under snowy weather. Does this bird have nest where it can hide from this cold weather?
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Allo Jean-Paul,

C'est une superbe capture de ce jeai sous la neige. J'aime bien ces photos prises lorsque la neige tombe, c'est tellement différent et je n'ai jamais fais jusqu'à tout récemment, de la photo d'hiver. J'aime bien cette prise de vue, les détails et la composition. Bien vu! Merci,

Superbe photo,vous avez de la chance d' avoir une pareille divercité d' oiseaux chez vous, par contre il me semble qu' il fait déja fort froid chez vous. BRRRRRR. Thomas

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-11 12:31]

Una gran captura estimado amigo con un contraste de color maravilloso realzado por la excelente elección del marco de la imagen.
Me agrada el bien logrado foco y punto de vista, aunque el encuadre algo centrado para mi gusto.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Great capture esteemed friend with a wonderful color contrast enhanced by the excellent election of the frame of the image.
I like the well achieved focus and point of view, although the framing something centered for my pleasure.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

bonjour JP
bon ben a voir la note je ne risque pas d'en voir ici!!snif!!
difficile de ce cacher avec ses couleurs dans un paysage enneigé.
magnifique cliché.
bravo et merci pour le partage.

Salut JP,
What a beautiful contrast, to have such a colored bird captured in this snowy environment.
Great pose and a beautiful surounding environment. Good job on the exposure and the colors.

I have to agree with all the comments before mine. It is lovely to seethat blue against the soft greens and white of the background. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hi Jeanpaul
Very nice photo,good colours and great model ;-) Well done,regards,TFS

* Piotr *

dear jeanpaul ,
this is lovely.
very nice.
i adored you for your nice photos.
all of them are very beautiful.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-13 9:39]

Hi Jeanpaul
Beautiful shot and composition. Good colours, sharpnes, BG,POV and frame.
Well done mf.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-12-13 14:15]

Hi Jean!
Realy beautiful bird, I hope to see one someday, amazing winter mood and colours, very Christmas like photo!:)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-13 17:28]

Este bello pájaro en un clima tan hostil...perfecto disparo y maravillosos detalles, saludos amigo

I love birds.
This one is so very well focused that you could have given it a very tight crop to enlargen it on the screen; those colours are simply BEAUTIFUL.
Anyway, it is well presented & composed too.
EXCELLENT clarity.
Best regards, M.

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  • biero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (12)
  • [2006-12-17 17:10]

Une autre superbe photo avec des couleurs à faire sourir tellement elles sont douces.
Le bleu est lumineux au possible, belle réussite Jean Paul, un autre régal pour les yeux.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-18 10:14]

It is cold indeed! What a marvellous composition! Very well framed also, and valuable information.
Best wishes

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-19 2:38]

Bonjour J Paul
splendide ton Geai bleu, excellents détails, le bleu ressort bien avec le blanc


Beautiful view of this bird in the snow - As we say - "blue with cold" ;-). No snow here in Maryland - I am hoping to get some pictures of our friends in the snow this year with a better lens, so appreciate seeing this from up north!

Bonjour Jean Paul,
Une photo belle et rafraîchissante, en tenant compte des jours chauds qui ont eu dans les pampas. J'aime la composition avec des branches couvertes de neige, et entre elles l'oiseau qui paraît souffrir le froid intense. Très bien obtenue malgré la faible lumière. La seule chose peut-être quelque chose centrée, mais j'aime de toute façon photo Très jolie.
Heureux festivités

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  • tigra Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 1 N: 24] (93)
  • [2006-12-21 20:53]

Hello Jean Paul
Beautiful nature is one of the main reasons why I want to visit Canada.
And this image is an acknowledgement of my intentions.
Well-captured composition. I like the combination of white and blue in design, in architecture.. an even in nature:)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-22 14:42]

Hi Jeanpaul,
What a beautiful winter portrait of this Blue Jay! Colors, pose and background are wonderful!
Best regards, José M.

Hi Jeanpaul,
Beautiful picture...
Moody due to combination snow and colorful bird.
Great photograph!

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-08 13:09]

Beautifull colours captured at the bird Jeanpaul. Great sharpness and structure of details.Nice ballanced framing.TFS.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2007-02-04 0:25]

On vous l'a dit plus d'une fois: elle est extraordinaire cette photo. Digne d'un premier prix .

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