<< Previous Next >>

A Blue Jay at rest

A Blue Jay at rest
Photo Information
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/5.5, 1/181 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !BJ ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-18 20:07
Viewed: 4160
Points: 49
[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

yllen, Ken52, mirceax, Shoot_Score, cecilia, jaycee, joelo, blakitan, saeedabbasi, lgfoto, star74, ramthakur, anel, XOTAELE, SkyF, Alex99, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-18 20:11]
  • [3]

Hola Jeanpaul:
Otro gran tiro, pero desde otro punto de vista.
Ya te dije que me encanta este pàjaro azul y blanco (se parece a mi bandera)
Saludos, Nelly

  • Great 
  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-01-18 20:29]
  • [3]

A beautiful winter nature photo! Perfect exposure with brilliant colors and excellent detail on the jay. I like your composition.

Bonsoir Jeanpaul,
J'adore dans cette image la composition et le bleu dans les ailes et queue. Depuis quelques jours j’essaie de photographie une madame geai, mais sans résultat,peut-être ce week-end,

Gorgeous expression on this Bolduc Jay. Very good JeanPaul.

The PoV is very nice. Such a excellent presentation of this bird in a wintersetting. It speaks volumes.

I am glad that JeanPaul doesn't mind sharing, eh! Jay

Very cute indeed, quality, sheer quality.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-18 22:15]

Hello Jeanpaul

Another blue jay beauty.Excellent capture in a natural setting.He looks well fed and taking a little nap.Well composed and focused.The POV and DOF are well handled.Well done.TFS


  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-18 22:45]
  • [2]

Hi Jeanpaul,

Beautiful blue jay. Perfect color, pose and you show him off so well.

Are those mounds of snow on the tree?


Hi Jeanpaul,

The color and exposure are basically good, but the bird seems to be just a little bit flat. It was not lit as well as the tree. See if you like my attempt at adjusting in the workshop.

Composition is often more interesting if the bird (or any other animal) appears to be looking into the frame rather than out of it.


Hi my dear friend jeanpaul ,
excellent shot as always.
great colors , sharpness , BG and well composition.
wonderful image.
thanks for sharing this nice shot.
best wishes to you.

Great shot Jeanpaul, I cannot stop admire beautifull blue colour of Jay. Nice composition again and very good job.TFS

  • Great 
  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-01-19 3:46]

Splendide oiseau, les couleurs sont parfaites
il a l'air d'avoir froid


bonjour jeanpaul

toujours aussi belle mais celle si je l'aurrait cadrée un peu plus a gauche aussi non très belle photo bonne couleurs et toujours une netteté au rendez vous bravo


Hi Jeanpaul,
Very well captured bird.
Nice crisp colors and details.
Great work.

Nice, fluffed up, at rest posture of the bird, JP. Thanks to you, now I know a lot about Blue Jays :-).
Well composed shot with sharp focus. I like the placement of the subject off left to show the blobs of snow on the branches.
TFS and bye.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-19 8:38]

Salut Jean Paul,
Les geais bleus ont l'air d'être tout le temps autour de ta maison. Celui-ci s'y est installé avec bonheur, comme on peut le voir. Belle composition de l'image avec l'oiseau décentré.
Meilleures salutations

  • Great 
  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2007-01-19 10:53]

Bonjour Jean Paul,
Belle prise ! Il est rare de voir cet oiseau au repos... Excellent restitué du plumage. Bravo.

Hello JP,
Seems like you have quite low temperatures for the time, your feathered friend looks like a big ball!
Lovely details, and I adore the pose as he is throwing a glance in your direction...
Well composed image!
Pablo -

Lots of blue jays recently and another nice one nice contrasty light with lovely colours lovely feather detail tfs rgds Necip.

Belle photo de ce geai bleu,les détails sont superbe et la couleur alors.Tu l' a pris a un jet de pierre sans aucun doute. Amitiés Thomas

En su lugar confortable aunque a su alrededor la nieve indica que hace bastante frío. Hermosos detalles Jeanpaul bellos colores y hermoso pajarillo.
Un cálido saludo, Juan Luis.

  • Great 
  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-19 18:17]

Salut JeanPaul,
another wonderful shot of the blue jay. Very nice DOF to get the entire bird into very nice focus. The colors and details are fabulous. I would like a little mor space to the riht of the birs, but otherwise a fine composition.

Allo Jean-Paul,
En observant les geais on se rend bien compte qu'il n'aiment pas partager, ce sont de petits voyous :)

C'est encore une fois une belle capture détaillée de ce bel oiseau. Je suis contente que tu en publie un autre juste pour achaler Laurent :)))

J'aime bien cette prise de vue et le voir dans son élément naturel. J'aurais probablement essayé de le cadrer de l'autre côté, c'est-à-dire de laisser l'espace en face de lui au lieu d'en arrière mais ça dépend du cadrage original et ce qu'il y avait en avant de lui. C'est une très belle photo de toute façon. Merci,

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-20 12:58]

Hi Jean Paul.
I like pictured scene so much. Cute pose of the beautiful bird, nice set of tree branches and trunk, pretty snow balls, wonderful combination of lights and dark parts of the shot. Colours, details and sharpness are perfect as usual for your pictures. POV and DOF are likable to me too. Only composition is disputable a bit. But I understand very well that in this case you could not act differently. My compliments and TFS.

  • Great 
  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-21 11:17]

Bonjour Jean-Paul
Une très belle prise ... Bravo

Bonsoir 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.


Calibration Check