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A Blue jay 5
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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: 2007-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/280 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !BJ ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-14 22:00
Viewed: 5560
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata

Blue Jays are one of our most easily recognized birds. They are bright blue with black and white markings. They grow to about 12 inches long. Blue Jays have a crest (pointy feathers on their head).

Blue Jays can be seen in forests, parks, and yards. Basically, you see them anywhere there are oak trees, since acorns are their favorite food.

Blue Jays migrate for the Winter, but we see them year-round in Virginia. Even though our Summer Blue Jays fly south, new ones from the North come in. The opposite is true in the Spring.

Blue Jays build a nest in a tree out of sticks, grass, lichens, moss, rootlets, and paper. They seem to prefer nesting in pine trees. Females lay four to six greenish eggs with brown spots.

The male Blue Jay feeds the female while she sits on the eggs. When young Blue Jays hatch, both parents feed them.

Blue Jays fledge (leave the nest) after about three weeks.

Blue Jays are omnivorous, which means they eat plants and animals. Their favorite food is acorns from oak trees, but some other things they eat are fruit, nuts, seeds, insects, mice, frogs, small birds, eggs, beechnuts, and caterpillars.

To eat a nut, a Blue Jay holds it with its feet while it cracks it open with its bill.

Blue Jays do not like to share. They will chase other birds away from food sources, and they will carry food off and hide it. Many times they do not find their food again later, and this helps new plants grow from the nuts and seeds they lost.

Blue Jays have an interesting behavior called "anting." When they molt (birds lose feathers as they grow new ones), Blue Jays will pick up ants and rub them on their bodies. We do not know for sure why they do this, but our best guess is that something in the ants soothes their skin as the new feathers come in. Sometimes Blue Jays "ant" with other items, such as rotten fruit.

Blue Jays despise birds of prey, such as hawks and owls. When they see one, they make a great racket. They are also known to chase these larger birds.

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Que belos detalhes e tons de azul...Muitas vezes me pergunto quem os pinta!!! :)
Parabéns pela nitidez, cores, composição e sensibilidade.
Obrigada por compartilhar tuas alegrias.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Une excellente photo de ce geai bleu. Les couleurs sont magnifiques. La netteté et la profondeur de champ sont excellentes. Félicitations!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-14 22:16]

Bonjour Jeanpaul

Another beautiful image of a blue jay.The DOF and POV are excellent.Wonderful colours and very nice composition.Well done.TFS


Bonjour JeanPaul,
Great details, very sharp, and neat blurry BG.
Another excellent shot of this bluejay.

Ben Lakitan

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  • biero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (12)
  • [2007-01-14 22:29]

Encore un autre bijoux de photo Jean Paul, bravo.
Il semble tenir la pose pour toi.
Beau travail, 10/10
Merci, c'est un plaisir pour les yeux.

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  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-01-14 22:48]

Bonjour Jeanpaul,

Nicely done. Crisp focus with great detail in the feathers. Good color and well exposed. You also did a good job keeping the background blurred.

As to the composition, I think I might prefer seeing just a little bit more negative space on the left side so that the jay was not quite so centered.


Very nice detail lovely shot good DOF well done rgds Necip.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-14 22:57]
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Hi JeanPaul

Wow, so cute this little blue jay friend of yours. The soft light gave this photo a wonderful quality and one can see amazing details on the plumage.

Excellent composition and great colours. The angled branch and the bird almost form an X in the frame. The dark BG is great and it makes the bird stand out from the photo and you dealt excellent with the available light.

Great work and TFS.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Wonderful portrait of this Blue Jay, a truly postcard.
I like the clear and razorsharp details you got on the overall image.
The intense blue colors on the feathers are outstanding.
Great POV, composition, presentation and frame used too.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-15 1:32]

Hello JeanPaul,
Though we see many Blue Jays on TN, you have made a beautiful clear and well-lighted capture here with an excellent pose, POV and BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Bonjour JeanPaul,
This is a crystal clear picture of Blue Jay. On the spot sharpness. Impeccable exposure with vibrant colors. Very well done and tfs.

Hello JP, amazing bird, often seen on TN but always welcome.

Nice pic, really detailed, good spark on the eye. Excellent colors.

hi jeanpaul,
loevly shot,
well saturated colurs,
good sharpness, nice details,
excellent pov, lovely bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi my dear friend jeanpaul ,
excellent details with great sharpness.
amazing colors as always.
well composition.
lovely BG.
thanks for sharing

Salut Jean-Paul,
Féicitations pour cette belle capture! Les détails, la composition, l'éclairage, l'exposition et la profondeur de champs sont excellents. Encore du grain dans le BG mais je sais que tu sais et c'est vraiment un détail ;) Superbe!

hi jeanpaul, vonderful sot and exclewent composition . TFS

Hello Jeanpaul
Very nice shot of Blue Jay
Perfect focusing and Beautiful


Hello Jp,

Another excllent photo perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo. nicly done and congrats

TFS Kyle

Beautifull shot Jeanpaul.Excellent composition, colours, exact details.TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-15 9:24]

Hi Jean Paul.
Once more your blue jay shot with fantastic reproduction of the smallest details of this charming bird, stunning lighting and amazing BG. Everything at this piece of photo art is perfect at high level. BRAVO and my congratulations.

Excellent capture of this well defined bluejay, the detail is perfect and the color palette of blues are gorgeous, Plus it sets on a very nice OOF background. Well done Jeanpaul. :)

Excellent blue jay sho. Perfect colour; detail, & well framed natural shot. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-15 12:15]

Hi Jeanpaul,

Another beauty! This bluejay is wonderful. I love his pose and expression. Never saw one here in Arizona.


Once again, an adorable bird portrait, JP.
What a fine point of view that shows this lovely bird in a lovely posture!
The blurred BG of branches places the subject in its natural habitat and thereby makes the capture much more authentic.
Thanks and take care.

bonjour jeanpaul

mais comment fait tu pour avoir d'auusi beaux oiseaux superbe couleurs, magnifique netteté et encore une très bonne profondeur de champs superbe bravo


bonjour JP
cette fois j'en suis sûr soit il est attaché a la branche soit il est apprivoisé!!!
je plaisante mais devant cette photo comme ne pas etre en admiration.

Olá Jean Paul,
outro lindo pássaro registrado. As tonalidades azuis nas asas e costas da aves ficaram muito bem registrados. O detalhe da cabeça com que estivesse com as penas "em pé" também é uma característica muito peculiar à imagem.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-15 16:37]

Wow excellent control of compositin and exposure,
great details & colours on this one :)
Great shot Jean :)
Cheers :D

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-15 16:54]

Your friend blue jay every time poses better dear JP ;-)

I like it a lot: composition, POV, sharpness, lighting, DOF, focus, color, background, framing and notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Another beautiful view of this so aesthetic bird.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-15 18:32]

Excellente photo JP.

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  • gilot (73)
  • [2007-01-15 21:51]

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,
Très belles couleur. Très belle prise de vue. Félicitations!

Salut JP,
What a stunning capture. Such awesome details in the feathers and the pose is just perfect. Your tight framing and the surrounding foilage gives this photo a beautiful intimate feel.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-16 13:35]

I do love the blue jays - I wish we had these. Lovely pose, great details and lovely colours. Excellent DOF and POV



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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-17 16:22]

Salut JeanPaul,
this is such a great bird portrait, I love the composition a lot. POV, colors and the sharpness are superp.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-21 11:38]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Une autres très belle capture. Bravo.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-01-29 1:44]

Hi Jean paul,

A very nice shot of this blue jay,a very colorfull bird,a pity that the dont live overhere in sweden,



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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2007-02-04 0:27]

Rien que des bravo. Vous travaillez superbement bien vos photos.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce geai bleu sur la branche, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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