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|EURASIAN JACKDAW (CORVUS MONEDULA) - in summer "clothes"|
The jackdaw is a lively, diminutive member of the crow family (5). It appears to have totally dark plumage from a distance, but on closer inspection it can be seen that it is dark grey in colour with a lighter grey nape and sides of the neck (2). The beak is short and slender, the eyes are a unique pale blue, and it walks with a quick 'jaunty' step (6), all of which allow this bird to be distinguished from the carrion and hooded crows or the rook. Males, females and juveniles are similar in appearance. The name 'daw' for this bird has been used since the 15th century; it is probably imitative of the call, but also means 'simpleton'. 'Jack' is often used for small animals, and, like knave, means rogue, yet it may also be derived from another call, 'tchack'. This bird is indeed smaller than both the rook and the carrion crow, and is a renowned thief.
Widely distributed throughout Britain, but scarcer in upland areas. It is also widespread throughout western Europe. Scandinavian populations migrate to England, Scotland and the Low Countries for the winter.
Breeds in buildings and cavities in houses, as well as in parks, woodlands with hollow trees, and on sea cliffs.
The jackdaw is a highly sociable species outside of the breeding season, occurring in flocks that can contain hundreds of birds. Within flocks there is a strict hierarchy, with a head bird. Occasionally the flock makes 'mercy killings', in which a sick or injured bird is mobbed until it is killed.
The jackdaw typically feeds on the ground, taking insects and insect larvae, young birds, fruit and acorns. This is a playful species, performing aerobatics such as turning over in strong winds and diving; occasionally entire flocks may perform such displays at the same time.
Males and females pair up in their first year of life, but they do not begin to breed for another year; the pair remains closely tied for life. Nests are usually constructed in some type of crevice, the pair drops sticks into the crevice until some become lodged; the nest is then built on this platform. This behaviour has often led to chimneys being blocked and even nests, with the jackdaw present, crashing down into fireplaces. The pair defend their nest vigorously against intruding jackdaws. 4-6 greenish-blue eggs are laid and incubated for up to 17 days by the female. Both parents feed the chicks for around 30 days.
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- [2012-08-15 9:51]
Pretty shot ..
Very sharp details and superb pose, natural colors too.
this is also a great sharpness picture
good details and nice soft BG with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
- [2012-08-15 9:59]
What a nice bird .Great POV. You managed to cope with green BG and black tones of the bird very well. I like your composition and note too. Best wishes and TFS.
Best regards Siggi
- [2012-08-15 10:20]
We have got them by hundreds here. They bring a lot of damage. So it isn't my favourite bird, but the photo is very beautiful. Taken from a perfect low POV in excellent sharpness, details and very nice natural colours. Good DOF and composition.
- [2012-08-15 10:28]
Very nice portrait of this jackdaw. Excellent detail and focus.
- [2012-08-15 10:50]
excellent sharpness for great details, nice POV,
great use of light ! Well done !
of course excellent depth of field. I like this portrait. Many details. Beautiful composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Interesanta fotografie despre aceasta pasare,care este greu de fotografiat.Fine captura si o compozitie perfecta,culorile si detaiile sunt reusita.Faina prezentare!
- [2012-08-16 1:36]
Perfectly exposed and sharp image of the Jackdaw. The feathers of this dark bird show up perfectly with a nice soft background. TFS Deon
- [2012-08-16 2:56]
Great shot of this jackdaw. Superb details in the feathers. The blue eye is magic.
An excellent capture with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & pose. Well composed & presented with a nice POV. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!