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Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-01 19:57
Viewed: 4666
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For those who live in North America, you will easily note this as a blue jay. To my surprise, I have not them in Europe (I've lived in London for the past 5+ years). Instead we have jays here. They are larger, only have a small amount of blue and are mostly black on the top and white on the bottom. They are also an attractive bird, but not nearly as colorful as the blue jay.

This image has been heavily cropped and was taken through the back window of my parent's new nest in North Carolina.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-15 5:11]

Hi Dan,
The heavy crop is evident through the quality, but it's still a lovely shot, especially as I've never seen a Blue Jay before :-) As you say, we have Jays here in Europe but they're much more like a Magpie than this little beauty. I love the POV with the head turned, I took a few images of Puffins from this POV and like it a lot, not the standard portrait. Beautiful colours too and there's that rich NC green in the background that I still miss :-)
Have a great weekend

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