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A Blue Jay 6
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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: 2007-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !BJ ..., Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-16 17:54
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Blue Jay

from The Birds of Texas
by John L. Tveten

Most regions of the country have their resident "blue jay," but cristata is the species officially designated by that name. It ranges through Canada and the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and is the only jay species in much of that area. Several other blue-colored jays occur in the West, but only one, Steller's jay, shares the blue jay's handsome crest.

In Texas, the blue jay ranges through the northern and eastern portions of the state and the Panhandle, occurring westward to the Edwards Plateau and south to about Victoria. It may also wander farther south and west in the winter.

White patches and black-and-white barring ornament the blue jay's blue wings and tail, while a black necklace crosses the whitish breast. Washington Irving described it as "That noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes," while 19th century ornithologist Charles Bendire was more fascinated by its ever-changing personality: "Cunning, inquisitive, an admirable mimic, full of mischief; in some localities extremely shy, in others exactly the reverse, it is difficult to paint him in his true colors.

Blue jays roam woodlands, parks and towns in search of a variety of foods. One study found their summer diet to contain 30 percent insects and other invertebrates, as well as some small vertebrates; the other 70 percent was made up of acorns, fruits and seeds. Jays are also notorious nest-robbers and will devour small birds and suck the eggs of other species.

The blue jay's nest is a bowl of twigs and dry leaves high in a tree; the three to five eggs are blue or greenish spotted with brown. They hatch after 16 to 18 days of incubation by the female and the young fledge in 17 to 21 days more. It has a piercing call...jay, jay, jay...once described by Thoreau as the "unrelenting steel-cold scream of the jay, unmelted, that never flows into a song, a sort of wintry trumpet

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-16 18:21]
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Hi JeanPaul

Another beautiful blue jay from your lens and this one really looks like a feathered fluff ball.

This bird seems to fit so well on this composition with all the snow, fir from the trees, branches and twigs, forestry feel, and cloudy backdrop. The colours are well saturated, the details are nice and sharp, good usage of the available light (even with a little catch light in the eye), and the BG makes the bird stand out clear from the shot.

Good work and TFS.

Belle photo,d' un très bel oiseau,très bons détails et bonne netteté. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-16 18:29]

Hermoso pajaro, buenos detalles... Jeanpaul, muy agradable el encuadre y pose, saludos buen trabajo.

Helo Jean Paul,
A beautiful postcard with this Blue Jay.
I like the clear and razorsharp details you got, the patterns and colors on the plumage is simply gorgeous.
The background is so rich and plenty of elements, but you managed so well with the DOF used.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-16 19:32]

Hola JeanPaul.- Una belleza de foto. Agradables colores del plumaje de este Pajaro Azul. Muy nitida, y los cropos de nieve lucen exelentemente. Luis52.

hi jeanpaul,
lovely shot,
well composed,
lovely natural colours,
sharpness and focus very good,
tfs & regards

I love the natural settings that surround the birds in your photographs JeanPaul. You captured a great pose on this one. The color is so rich. It's beautiful.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-16 23:42]

Hello Jeanpaul

Another beautiful Blue Jay.The DOF and POV are excellent .The details are very sharp,and the colours are well saturated.Excellent natural setting.Well composed.TFS


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-01-16 23:48]

Beautiful shot of this Jay, Jean-Paul. I like the crop on your shot. You have great composition here with excellent colour and detail. I'll bet you are glad to finally have the snow back.

Thanks, John

Hello JP, another great Jay.
Excellent colors, details and saturation.

Hi JeanPaul

I love your Blue Jay shots. This is another stunner. Beautiful colours and nicely composed. The snow and fir needles add to this shot. :-)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-17 2:37]

Hi Jean-Paul.
Another splendid capture of this amazing coloured bird.I like very much your composition,very well saturated colours and nice sharp details on plumage.Perfect POV and DOF.
Well done,TFS.
Greetings Milos

Hi Jeanpaul another fine shot good detail nice natural environment a little strong in the white highlights. overall superb shot lovely colours TFS rgds Necip.

Hi JeanPaul,
Another beautiful pov of this Blue Jay. Pin sharp, excellent composed, well exposed picture. Natural colors and surroundings are great. Enjoy seeing such a fine picture.

Hi JP,
Sneaking a look at TN at work and could not resist writing a quick response to your lovely picture :-).
Your bird pictures have set a standard on the site, my friend. This image of a Blue Jay is really outstanding, both technically and asthetically.
TFS and take care.

Bom Dia, Jeanpaul!

Que linda foto!!
Toda a composição desta está muito harmoniosa. Tantos detalhes, tantas cores e a neve...
Fico muito contente quando aprecio tuas imagens porque sempre é um passeio.
PS: A neve da tua foto me deu vontade de tomar um bom café! :)
Parabéns e obrigada!!!

Excellent closeup Jeanpaul.
The detail, light, and color are Very nice :)
I have the same book by Tveten. It has been a great resource..
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-17 7:45]

Otra bella vista de "tu amigo" blue jay con agradable composición, a partir del encuadre elegido y los apropiados foco, agudeza, iluminación y colores.
El hielo sobre la rama realza el atractivo de la presentación.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Another beautiful view of "Your friend" blue jay with pleasant composition, starting from the elected framing and the appropriate focus, sharpness, illumination and colors.
The ice on the branch enhances the attractiveness of the presentation.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

Hello JP,

Excllent Post card, perfect colors bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp, nicly capture and composed photo.

TFS Kyle

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-17 11:13]

Hi Jeanpaul,

Another spectacular shot of the bluejay. What more is there to say?? Just beautiful.


bonjour JP
no comment.ben oui c'est comme a chaque fois

bonjour jeanpaul

mais enfin quoi tu a un élevage chez toi ou quoi ? ;-)

des couleurs toujours aussi belle et une composition parfaite bravo


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-17 14:26]

Hi Jeanpaul,
You have captured this blue jay all fluffed up. Beautiful composition and pose of the jay in very natural surroundings.
Good colours and details.
Thanks again for sharing.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-17 21:18]

Hola Jeanpaul:
¡Una belleza de pàjaro! y un gran tiro ¡Bravo! Me encanta esta composiciòn por sus colores, los detalles en el ave y en el àrbol, la iluminaciòn de esta escena, el foco, la profundidad... en fin, me gusta todo.
Saludos de

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-19 17:29]

Bonjour JeanPaul,
This is really stunning. What an excellent capture. Perfect sharpness and colors. POV, and composition are wonderful. I do like this format and framing you presenting your little friend in.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une bonne prise de vue de ce geai bleu sur la branche, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. bonne journée.


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