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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: 2006-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8.8, 1/750 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !BJ ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-17 8:22
Viewed: 6036
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
[Blue Jay.]
[Cyanocitta cristata.]

Reader, look at the plate in which are represented three individuals of this beautiful species,--rogues though they be, and thieves, as I would call them, were it fit for me to pass judgment on their actions. See how each is enjoying the fruits of his knavery, sucking the egg which he has pilfered from the nest of some innocent Dove or harmless Partridge! Who could imagine that a form so graceful, arrayed by nature in a garb so resplendent, should harbour so much mischief;--that selfishness, duplicity, and malice should form the moral accompaniments of so much physical perfection! Yet so it is, and how like beings of a much higher order, are these gay deceivers! Aye, I could write you a whole chapter on this subject, were not my task of a different nature.

The Blue Jay is one of those birds that are found capable of subsisting in cold as well as in warm climates. It occurs as far north as the Canadas, where it makes occasional attacks upon the corn cribs of the farmers, and it is found in the most southern portions of the United States, where it abounds during the winter. Every where it manifests the same mischievous disposition. It imitates the cry of the Sparrow Hawk so perfectly, that the little birds in the neighbourhood hurry into the thick coverts, to avoid what they believe to be the attack of that marauder. It robs every nest it can find, sucks the eggs like the Crow, or tears to pieces and devours the young birds. A friend once wounded a Grouse (Tetrao umbellus), and marked the direction which it followed, but had not proceeded two hundred yards in pursuit, when he heard something fluttering in the bushes, and found his bird belaboured by two Blue Jays, who were picking out its eyes. The same person once put a Flying Squirrel into the cage of one of these birds, merely to preserve it for one night; but on looking into the cage about eleven o'clock next day, he found the animal partly eaten. A Blue Jay at Charleston destroyed all the birds of an aviary. One after another had been killed, and the rats were supposed to have been the culprits, but no crevice could be seen large enough to admit one. Then the mice were accused, and war was waged against them, but still the birds continued to be killed; first the smaller, then the larger, until at length the Keywest Pigeons; when it was discovered that a Jay which had been raised in the aviary was the depredator. He was taken out, and placed in a cage, with a quantity of corn, flour and several small birds which he had just killed. The birds he soon devoured, but the flour he would not condescend to eat, and refusing every other kind of food soon died. In the north, it is fond of ripe chestnuts, and in visiting the trees is sure to select the choicest. When these fail, it attacks the beech nuts, acorns, pears, apples, and green corn.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-17 8:25]
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Hello Jean Paul,
Magnificent blue jay capture.POV,colors,clear details,pose of bird,lighting,BG,framing and visual impact are excellent.Have a great weekend!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-17 8:41]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Colors, composition, focus, light and sharpness is great. Very well done. TFS

Great bird and great photo.

very good is a bird.it is good colour and macro.compliments :)

hi jeanpaul,
another lovely shot of the jay,
well composed, nice pov , good dof,
sharpness & colours are nice,
tfs & regards

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-17 9:30]

Salut Jean Paul,
le jet bleu est réellement un sujet de grande classe, c'est vraiment très beau. La couleur est géniale et les détails fins.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-17 9:53]

Hi Jean Paul,
What a marvellous shot of this blue jar,
perfect POV and composition.

Nice shot Jeanpaul the detail is fine and a great pov lovely light well done tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Jean Paul,
So beautiful capture!
Excellent lit and BG, very good details and sharp!
Congrayulations and TFS,

coucou JP
je m'ennuyé un peu du geau bleu!!!
encore une fois aussi magnifique que les autres
bravo et merci
bon weekend a toi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-17 11:21]

Hi Jeanpaul,

I am so glad you keep posting these Blue Jays. They are all beautiful but the thing I like most about this one is the expression on his face. I wonder what he is plotting.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-17 11:44]

Hi Jean Paul

Another beautiful blue-jay shot from you!
Just like the other ones, this one too is well balanced and due to the charming colors, the bird stands out well from the branches and leaves.
The details are again terrific and the exposure is spot-on.
Very good DOF and POV, too, all making a great composition.

Bravo and TFS

What a lovely cocked head posture you have captured this Blue Jay in, JP!
Great image as usual with perfect POV, sharp focus and brilliant colors.
Best regards,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-17 11:55]

Bonjour JP
Excellente composition, sujet d'attitude curieuse,
très belles couleurs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-17 12:04]

Hi Jeanpaul,
You have reach the perfection with this Blue Jay: wonderful lighting, perfect focus, colours, absolutely balanced composition, vivid, not distracting, golden, blurred background. I should go to Canada to see myself this beautiful bird!
TFS,José M.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-17 12:33]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Wonderful shot. Superb blue colour shades and excellent sharp details. The DOF and POV are also great. I like the posture too. Kudos.


I love this picture. The bird is so colorful and cute. The picture is very sharp. and the background is unobtrusive. I also own a Pentax *istDL and I use Sigma 70-300 with it. The lens performs better at F8 or smaller.

Murali Santhanam

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-17 13:21]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Wonderful pose of this blue jay again.
Very nice light usage.
Clarity,details and pov are great.

Hola Jean Paul,
Bonita captura, la pose, nitidez, color y luz son excelentes. Saludos

This is lovely JeanPaul. The looking over the shoulder...tilt of the head is very interesting and not the usual portrait pose. I like it. I also like the sharpness of the background against the sharpness of your bird. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Very nice pose of this bird. Great composition, good light and colours.
Good job.

Perfect Jeanpaul. Very nice shot. Excellent coloured presentation. Very well done. Tfs. Stev

Hi Jean Paul
I love the pose of your Blue Jay with his head cocked slightly toward you. The colours are soft yet very rich and vivid. Even the lichens on the branch turned out very well.
TFS Janice

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Excellente photo de ce geai bleu. Les couleurs sont magnifiques. La profondeur de champ et la netteté sont excellentes. Merci de partager!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-17 23:07]

Jean, this is extremely beautiful and colorful.

I like sharpness, contrast and saturation too.

Lovely pose and bg.


Hi JeanPaul

These are delightful birds, and again you have captured this one perfectly. Lovely camera work. :-)

Salut Jean-Paul,
J'aime beaucoup la pose de l'oiseau, cette prise de vue et cette belle composition. Aucun signe de bruit dans le BG, as-tu utilisé un réducteur de bruit? L'exposition et son environnement sont superbes! Bien vu! Merci,

Salut Jean Paul,
Excellente photo! On voit très bien le détail du plumage et les couleurs sont bien saturées. J'aime bien la profondeur de champs qui efface l'arrière plan et la branche qui n'est pas rectiligne...

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-20 21:02]
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Hi JeanPaul

Sorry it took me a while, but finally I am back for the update.

This is a great capture of a very beautiful little bird. The blue jay does not feature in my parts of the world and I really enjoy seeing such lovely photos of this spectacular species. You show us this jay in all its magnificent glory, with well defined and sharp details, splendid colours, complimentary BG, AND superb exposure.

Well done and TFS.

Hola Jean.
Una foto impresionante.

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-05-20 21:39]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Superbe photo de ce magnifique geai bleu.
Bonne composition avec beau point de vue.
Belle netteté, la lumière et les couleurs sont superbes.
L'oiseau est bien cadré et bien encadré.
Un bel arrière plan doux qui met bien l'oiseau en évidence.
Bravo pour cette belle prise.
Mes salutations,

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.


Greetings Jeanpaul

Excellent composition...!!!
Nice POV and sharpness...

I have started liking this little fellow now...

vipin :-)

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-12-14 19:22]

2006-12-22 est la date de cette merveille ... Eh bien, aujourd'hui, 15.12.2013 00:18, je me joins à la grande moisson de critiques élogieuses, Jeanpaul.


De l'Argentine, Hernan Bortondello, et un avis de retard ...

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