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Purplish Jay

Purplish Jay
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-10 6:24
Viewed: 1330
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another NEW BIRD FOR TN, the Purplish Jay.

The Purplish Jay, cyanocorax cyanomelas, is about 37 cm.
It is common in deciduous and gallery woodland and adjacent semi-open areas, mainly in and around the Pantanal. A large, relatively drab jay, mostly dull purplish mauve, blackish on head and foreneck, with violet only on the upperside of its tail. The only all-dark jay in the Pantanal.

Purplish Jays troop about in loose straggling flocks of up to 8 - 10 birds. They mainly forage in woodland and edges but also regularly come out into open areas and sometimes drop to the ground. Conspicuous and often seen, they even come in for food put out for birds at certain ecolodges and ranches.
A particularly noisy jay, giving loud raucous craa-craa-craa... calls as they perch in trees or during their rather labored flight.

Source: Book: Birds of Brazil. The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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hallo Peter
super mooie scherpe opname weer
de compositie is erg goed en kleuren zijn
altijd leuk om nieuw onderwerp op TN te plaatsen
bedankt gr lou

Hello Peter-Your contribution of new species here in TN is really amazing!Nice to see this new species Purplish Jay.Excellent sharp picture.Nice POV against such beautiful BG.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

To start: Sorry about the end ... Holland/Argentina. The outcome has left us DISGUSTED.
Great image. Never knew of its existence.
Sharp and well presented.
Your notes are educative.
Best and most kind regards from,

hallo Peter
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-10 16:11]

Hi Peter,not the most beautiful specie of your collection,but truly interesting,a great capture with a perfect black despite the difficult backlight,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-11 15:10]

Hallo Peter,
Grat capture,
Beautiful natural colours and a nice pose with eye contact.
Best wishes,

Good contrast...can feel it...

wow..a lively picture...

Hello Peter,
As usual,excellent capture,great details,colours,clarity and well composed.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards...Joy


Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of the Purplish Jay,
with excellent exposure from you to obtain great
details of its dark plumage, fine POV on to its
expressive, pose, glance, and eye-contact, TFS


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