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A Blue Jay 11
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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: 2007-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/480 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-24 16:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata Order PASSERIFORMES - Family CORVIDAE

Blue Jay adult and nestlingsAbout the photographs
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Blue Jay nest

Blue Jay eggs

Baby Blue Jays
Conservation Status
Other Names
Cool Facts
Full detailed species account
A familiar sight at bird feeders, the boldly patterned Blue Jay is unmistakable. It is abundant in the East and is extending into the West, using food and shelter provided by humans.

Large songbird.
Crest on head.
Upperparts various shades of blue.

Size: 25-30 cm (10-12 in)
Wingspan: 34-43 cm (13-17 in)
Weight: 70-100 g (2.47-3.53 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes alike.

Very vocal; make a large variety of calls. Most frequent call is a harsh "jeer." Also clear whistled notes and gurgling sounds.

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topConservation Status
Breeding Bird Survey data show a slight but significant decline in Blue Jay numbers across the United States, with most of the decline in the East. Some have implicated it in the decline of some Neotropical migrant species because it is a nest predator and prefers forest edges, but little direct evidence has been found.

Other Names
Geai bleu (French)

Cool Facts

Although the migration of Blue Jays is an obvious phenomenon, with thousands moving past some points along the coast, much about it remains a mystery. Some jays are present throughout the winter in all parts of the range. Which jays move and which stay put? Although young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, many adults do migrate. Some individual jays may migrate south in one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. Why do they migrate when they do?

Many people dislike the Blue Jay because it is known to eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds. However, in an extensive study of Blue Jay feeding habits, only 1% of jays had evidence of eggs or birds in their stomachs. Most of the diet was composed of insects and nuts.

The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. It has been suggested that these calls provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or that they are used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.

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Hello Jean Paul

Very nice picture of a beautiful and colourful bird. Very good clarity and well saturated colours. The sharpness is excellent without oversharpening. I like the pose very much with the bird looking at you - is he talking to you too:-). Also the composition is good with the diagonal line and a bit of the surroundings - very nice. Only tiny nit is that the contrasts look a little hard on my monitor but that is a minor thing. All over a very nice picture even without the tail tip:-).


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-24 17:07]

Nice detail Jeanpaul! The jays just don't come in close for me...;-( Yours is very nice!

Hi Jeanpaul, wonderful colorful bird, lovely details, splendid colors, great pose, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jean Paul,
Another beautiful capture of Blue Jay!
I see you like this bird. :)
Interesting effect with red color. I'm sorry about the cropped tail. The strong branch on BG isn't too good.
Nice colors and lit and very good detils!
Regards and TFS,

Bonjour JeanPaul,
Excellent close up of this Blue Jay!
I like so much the close approach and the sharp and clear details got.
The feather's pattern and texture are amazing.
Good manage of DOF to blur the foreclose branch.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Excellent. perfect picture. very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-02-24 20:26]

Hi Jean-Paul. I like this one a lot. You have perfectly captured the head, with the mouth open. The colour and detail you have captured are as usual excellent.

Thanks, John

hello jeanpaul,
good capture of the beautiful bird,
the colours on the wings look lovely,
nicely composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello JP,
Good capture of this beaky little fellow!
Impressive macro work as usual, with lovely details in the plumage...
Well composed presentation, the colours are rich and attractive!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-25 5:10]

Hi Jeanpaul!
Another of your favorite saphire blue birds,excellent focus and details, great POV, I love it!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-25 5:51]

Wonderful picture, Jean Paul!
Excellent sharpness, colors, lighting, composition... everything!
A gorgeous close-up!
My compliments and TFS

Salut Jean Paul,
Belle composition et couleurs. Très bon détail du plumage et j'aime bien qu'il aille le bec ouvert, cela fait changement. Peut-être un cadrage moins serré pour garder la queue au complet, si possible.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-25 7:27]

Hello Jean Paul,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,pose of bird,colors,lighting and composition a lot.

Razor sharp, Jeanpaul.
Quite busy, though.
Mu nit is the tail which is not in the image.
Concerning sharpness, detail and exposure .... everything okay.

Very nice POV good sharpness and lovely detail and colours well composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-25 9:19]

Stunning sharpness! Superb colours, great composition and the perfect pose -- I can HEAR this noisy fellow squawking at me!

I love the boldnes of the bluejay -- I once watched a pair of them challenge a cat because their fledgling was in the grass nearby. That cat was so frightened that she just flattened herself on the ground and didn't move for a while even after the blue jays had left!

bonjour JP
dans la continuité des autres photos de geai,juste dommage que la queue soit coupée.

Hello JP,

Well composed and captured photo excellent details very crisp I really like this POV alot well done

TFS Kyle

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-25 11:50]

Hi Jeanpaul,

This whole series is spectacular. I love the open beak on this one. The colors are wonderful.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-25 13:38]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Great capture of the blue jay.
Beautiful vibrant colors.
Details and point of view are marvellous.Nice job.

hello jeanpaul
magnifique ton oiseau, que de beaux détails,
ls couleurs sont vives,
quelle chance tu as de pouvoir les observer le matin
merci beaucoup pour ton partage
je me permets de l'ajouter à mes photos favorites

Very close work Jeanpaul.
Excellent sharpness and details.
I like the POV and pose here as well :)
Well done mf.

Bonjour jean-Paul !
Ce beau geai bleu ne cessera jamais de me fasciner ! Ses couleurs sont tout simplement sublimes, et chaque photo est un vrai régal pour les yeux. Jolie composition, excellents details et joli BG flou qui fait bien ressortir l'oiseau. Félicitations !

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-01 14:53]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Great composition you have here. I like the red branch in front, it gives a great dof. Sharpness and details are excellent. The colours as ever stunning.
TFS Paula

Salut Jean-Paul quelle belle capture de Geai Bleu on capte l'expression de sa pensée BRAVO.

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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