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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K5, Pentax SMC DA 50-200 mm., B+W UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-04 12:49
Viewed: 3123
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is a species of bird occurring 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.
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 nests in trees or large shrubs laying usually 46 eggs that hatch after 1619 days and are fledged generally after 2123 days. Both sexes typically feed the young.

This was taken through a window (with the new K5) because it was snowing and the jay was very shy.
Today we had even more snow and that is very early in the year.
This jay came to look for some food that I put outside for the birds.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-06 12:09]

Hello Paula.
A lovely shot of the Jay. The POV is very good and I like the focus and colour.Best regards Siggi

Hello Paula!
Sophisticated work. Good exposure and capture. Fine natural colours. Good contrast and sharpness.
Well done!

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