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Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Jay
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 5:28
Viewed: 3919
Points: 30
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Photo Details:
Picture taken in my garden at the feeder waiting for tits with my 300 mm when this jay suddenly sat on the feeding table. This is original size, the bird being too close to show the whole bird.

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The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) occurs over a vast region from Western Europe and north-west Africa to the eastern seaboard of Asia and down into south-east Asia. Across its vast range, several very distinct racial forms have evolved to look very different from each other, especially when forms at the extremes of its range are compared.

A member of the widespread jay group, and about the size of the Jackdaw, it inhabits mixed woodland, particularly with oaks, and is an habitual acorn hoarder. In recent years, the bird has begun to migrate into urban areas, possibly as a result of continued erosion of its woodland habitat.

Feeding in both trees and on the ground, it takes a wide range of invertebrates including many pest insects, acorns (oak seeds, which it buries for use during winter), beech mast and other seeds, fruits such as blackberries, rowan berries etc., young birds, mice, small reptiles and small snakes.

It nests in trees or large shrubs laying usually 4–6 eggs that hatch after 16–19 days and are fledged generally after 21–23 days. Both sexes typically feed the young.

Its usual call is the alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the Jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the Jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a Tawny Owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the Jay is a potential prey item for owls at night.

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They are common but shy and very difficult to photograph. Impressive close up.
Crisp clear. Brilliant composition and DOF.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-05-20 5:57]

Hi Tom, great portrait of this Jay. Colors and details beautifuls. I never had the chanse to be so close to this bird very frightened in my area.
TFS, Dan

Hi Tom,
Well composed portrait, beautiful bird...
My nit is the unsharp foreground dispalying blurred plumage...
I prefer this sharp?

voici que je vois là un super portrait de cet oiseau, les couleurs du plumages sont géniales et l'oeil est vifs
bravo, bien vu, merci

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-20 6:35]

What a marvellous capture and beautiful portrait of this stunning bird!
Excellent sharpness and details and great DOF.
Very good job.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-05-20 8:22]

Hi Tom
great capture and composition.
I liked the extreme sharpness of the bird and the nice blur colour in BG
Good DOF, POV and colours.
well done.

Hello Tom , very good portrait of this very shy bird , TFS and good luck.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-20 12:06]

salut TOM,
très belle image, c'est presque un portrait. La couleur et les détails sont extra, et son oeil brille ce qui lui donne encore plus de vie.


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  • IanA (29)
  • [2007-05-20 17:29]

Hello Tom,
These are one of the most skittish of birds and they fly at the slightest sign. You have done well to capture such a detailed close up, well Done.


Hi Tom,
Lovely great portrait of the beautiful bird..!
Very good sharpness and very pretty colours..!
Good work..!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-20 19:32]

Hello Tom, excellent capture of this beautiful Jay, you did a good job capturing this bird in a peaceful momment, wonderful collors and details, the POV and BG are great...well done..

Hello Tom,
This is a fine portrait of this Jay. They look differents from the ones we have here. I like those details and compostion. Well done with good colors!

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  • mithun (0)
  • [2007-05-21 1:55]


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-25 20:55]

Hello Tom,
Fantastic close up with razor sharp details, marvelous work Tom thanks.

Ciao Tom,
ottimo ritratto per questa Ghiandaia.
TFS e complimenti per la tua galleria.

Hello Tom,

Fantastic photo.
Wonderful colours with good details.
Light, focus and sharpness are splendid.

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