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Scrub Jay Feeding Offspring

Scrub Jay Feeding Offspring
Photo Information
Copyright: CJ Vincent (C_J) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 125] (459)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Lens EF 300 mm 1:4 L IS, hoya 77mm HMC UV[O]
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-05 15:21
Viewed: 4226
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
CJ's Desert Dwellers: Scrub Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens

Family: Corvidae (Jays, Crows, Ravens, Magpies)

General Information: Perching birds found worldwide, except S. America, Antarctica and a few islands. All have long strong bills with the nostrils covered by forward pointing bristles.

The Scrub Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens is crestless and further distinguished from the other jays by the white eyestripe, white throat with 'necklace'. It's back has a pale brownish cast.

Scrub Jays range is the western U.S. to southern Mexico and Florida. Their habitat is foothills, scrub, oak-chaparral in this area.

A similar species is the Gray-Breated or Mexican Jay. With our proximity to Mexico, we get both species, here. It lacks the white eyestripe and sounds completely different.

This particular Scrub Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens was taking it's offspring around to all the feeders on the grounds.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II was also used in camera set-up.

Curves were adjusted, due to shadows.

mzar1313, gerbil, nardophoto, nainnain, bullybeef53, greenpinkorange, pilonm, Hil, ddg, vanderschelden, elefantino has marked this note useful
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Revelation !!!

Lucky to have such an undisturbed view on the birds! Great picture, even as a single bird it would be outstanding, but to see the familiy life...
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-05 16:39]

Maravilloso momento, original disparo y buena compo... muchos saludos

très joli a regarder, le moment du repas est important
très bonne composition, nette etclaire
bravo, merci du partage

This is a beautiful natural shot. Your timing was perfect . Jim

This is a marvelous picture and the color... I have no words to describe it. I think I'm in love!
Keep sharing pictures like these.
Just awesome.

Wow. What a lovely moment!
Always nice to see something so nice, pleasant and heartwarming, even from birds.
YOu have managed excellent sharpness overall in this picture. I love the color of the bird and the soft shades of the background. A nice composition.
Somethings i might comment on is that it could use a little more saturation to bring out the color of the bird, adjust the levels a tad lower, and a slight crop at the bottom just above your watermark.
Just some thoughts, hope you don't mind.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-11-05 23:01]

Hello CJ,

What a fantastic picture of those 2 Scrub Jays. Excellent action shot! Sharpness, natural colors, pov and dof cannot be better! Excellent exposition also! We don't see often that kind of blue in nature! Just lovely! Well done and TFS,


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-06 4:43]

Bonjour Vincent, amazing shot with a perfect timing and beautiful colors too. Composition, sharpness and POV are good. I like the harmonious colors. Great art!! In my favorit list. Best regards, Didier.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-11-06 5:10]

Bonjour Vincent,
Superbe réalisation : techniquement sans reproche et d'une valeur artistique certaine. Félicitations.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-06 5:44]

this is great! amazing moment and beautiful presentation. splendid colors, light, focus. very well done. tfs

Beautiful composition, great moment in time.

Good sharpness and POV, TFS

Cartier-Bresson should say...a decisive moment!
Well doen

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-06 10:32]

Hi Cj,

Well seen and captured moment,I like it a lot,maybe a bit bright but thats a minor,


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-06 13:22]


What a wonderful capture of this lovely family moment, the composition is lovelt with a excellent POV and pose, nice colours and lighting too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Lovely moment captured!
Excellent compo and manage.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-23 13:33]

Hi CJ,
this is such a sweet shot,
very well timed and composed :)
Cheers :D

great intimate capture, TFS Ori

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