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European Jay

European Jay
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-22 13:53
Viewed: 5764
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Jay
Garrulus glandarius

Being cold and mainly damp the wildlife is quite hungry, the colourful Jay being no exception. With excellent eyesight they can suddenly appear from nowhere when you have nuts to hand. They don't hang around for long but can follow you from a distance.

This post is to give Season's Greetings to all at TN who give good advice, post beautiful shots of nature and wildlife and always have time to look at and critique other people's photos. I have learned a lot in the 10 months I have been with TN and still strive to reach the high standards of the very many talented members. Happy Holidays.

Juyona, nglen, ralfsworld, jaycee, angyl, Necipp, Adanac, Mariol, nick27, undoredo, uleko, vanderschelden, marhowie, hester, loot, fartash, smitha, sherlock628, scottevers7, jeanpaul, Heyshamite, izler has marked this note useful
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To Heyshamite: JayDebz 1 12-24 11:16
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-22 13:54]

Hola Deborah,
precioso retrato y detalles hermosos,
excelente foco y pov,

Hi Deborah
You did really good work here by caapturing this jay with excellent details.
TFS & Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-22 14:26]

Hi Debz,

I don't remember seeing this bird before. He is certainly a beauty. An outstanding shot with him in a wonderful pose. Colors are magnificent - details are marvelous showing off his face, plummage, and the colorful wings. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, New Year.


Hello Deborah,
Excellent photo, very good sharpness and detail, good composition and pov, beautiful colors. nicely done!

Hello Debz this is a beauty very well done I really haven't been able to get any decent shots of the Jay you give us a cracker beautifull sharp detail and a fine pose with great light, good bkgnd also, Have a great Xmas all the best Rgds Necip.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-22 16:45]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Deborah.
What a superb image with great details and lovely colors. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-12-22 18:21]

Hi Deborah,

Superb picture and original pose of the European Jay, a very nice-looking bird I saw once only, last summer in Greece. I was so impressed that I miss the shot.
Have a beautiful Christmas and a Happy New Year you and your family


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-23 0:30]

Hi Deborah,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Jay with such sharp details on its plumage. Lovely colours with perfect lighting and exposure. I like the BG and the pose you have captured. Excellent POV and DOF and the composition is marvellous. Kudos.

Hi Deborah,
A beautiful bird is captured brilliantly here. Great POV and BG is fantastic. So sharp and detailed, a true masterpiece.
Well Done and Merry Christmas,
Nick :-)

Hello Deborah,
What a lovely pose of this European Jay you present here!!
This is very great photo for the season's greetings to TN friends and thanks for the your wonderful greetings. :-)
Outstanding details and focusing here, with lovely overall browny colouration.
Beautiful and wonderful shot from you!!
TFS and best wishes,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-23 3:18]

Hi Deborah
nice capture, sharp and with great colors
happy holidays

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-23 3:29]
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Hello Deborah,
How amazing to find a Jay in London, here they tend to hide in the forest! And you've managed to get a brilliant shot - I love its pose and details are very sharp. Beautiful colours too in this fine composition.
TFS and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year! Ulla

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-23 4:25]

Bonjour deborah,

Excellente prise,l'éclairage est superbe et les détails sont bons.
Belle pose de l'oiseau et bonne composition.

Merci et Joyeuses Fêtes.

excellent composition and sharpness

Hello Deborah,
Your Jay is overall sharp and thus is the depth of field excellent; good combination speed x aperture...
Good compo.
Well done!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

Hi Deborah,
This is a specie that is very different from the one we have here! I like this elegant pose you captured, beautiful POV and details. Catch-light in its eye is beautiful! Well done!

Excellent work Deb, lovely pose..
Very good color, details, exposure, DOF, and POV.
To balance the composition, I would've shaved just a bit off the top. Just my two cents..You do want critical opinion right? :)
Merry Christmas!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-12-23 7:18]

Hi Deborah,

Never easy to catch this shy fellow. Wonderful pose and it seems you came very close. My compliments.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-23 8:42]

Hi Debz. This is one bird i have not been able to get yet. you have captured this one with fine detail and natural colours. a good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-23 9:14]

Wow Deborah, this is really impressive work! Excellent sharp detail, superb composition and a bang on DOF - it's all there! Congratulations on a superb shot of this Jay, and a very merry christmas to you and your family.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-23 11:32]

Hello Deborah

This is the best shot of the European Jay I have seen to date.
Exceptional clarity with a wonderful POV.
The plumage detail and colour is wonderful with amazing plumage definition.
These are a very interesting looking birds and they show up on TN but not really very often.
The DOF is very well done ,and the bird is sharp against a OOF BG.
Brilliantly done.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-23 11:52]
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Hi Debz

What a close and detailed shot. He is a real beauty and you have done him justice. Lovely pose, nice light, excellent DOF and great POV. Where do you take your bird shots?



hello deborah,
beautiful capture of the jay, the pose is nice, the image is sharp with good details of the plumage, precise dof, beautiful colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

wish you and your family Merry Christmas

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-24 0:29]

Hi Deborah

Thanks for this beautiful gesture and for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-24 1:02]

Hello Deborah, great shot of the Jay ! Great details, perfect pose, great composition and nice background ! Well done, thanks ! Have a wonderful Christmas time !


Dear Deborah
Excellent shot of this Europen Jay,
Perfect focusing,exposure and pose,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Merry Christmas

Hi Deborah,
Colour, poise, sharpness and composition are spot on.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Hello Debz,
What a beautiful picture of the European Jay.
Excellnt POV and pose.
Looks as if it is shay to be photographed.:)
Perfect details and sharpness in the plumage.
Nice blurred background.
Good colours.
Thanks for the share,

Hi Debz, lovely bird with wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

The focus on this jay is superb Deborah. Your editing for the background gives it a very definite sharpness.
The pose the bird is in could not be better.
Thanks for all our photos this year.
I wish you a very Happy Christmas, and if I don't see you before the 1st....a real safe New Year.

Hello Debz,
Beatiful image of the Jay. The excellent detail shows the delicate colours and testure of the chest and head feathers. Very Nice! TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-28 3:05]

Wow, Debz!
You have achieved your ambition to take a good shot of a Jay with full marks.
This one has everything: great pose and POV, sharpness, great lighting and an excellent composition against and OOF BG.
I can't fault this and would loved to have taken this myself.
I wish you a happy New Year1

Hi Deb,
An excellent shot on this European Jay. The colors and detail are really superb. Well composed and captured. Well done!

Hello Deborah,
I remember when I was a kid I used to see them around all the time during winter! As of now I haven't seen one for years...
This is a well done capture, great details and fine natural colours...
Excellent pose from your model, a well done composition by you!
And my wish for a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -

Bonjour Deborah
Quelle belle photo de ce geai! La netteté est impressionnante, et le cliché tel qu'il est pris
là sous cette belle lumière est exceptionnel! La vitesse est bien choisie
Je te souhaite une bonne année
Salutations et au revoir...JP

A fine composition to enhance the look of this beautiful bird Deborah. Well done and may the new year bring plentiful photo opportunities. Regards Steve..

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-21 21:48]

selam Deborah
good capture of this cute and beautiful jay that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, POV, blurred BG, lighting, colours and sharpness

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