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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-16 5:54
Viewed: 3355
Points: 22
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Fresh picture from today's walk in Zdrowie Park. At this time of year there isn't really much subjects to photograph. Few dried fungi and sea of brown leaves - that's almost all. Except birds. But try to take good photo of fast moving bird without dSLR. Haha, I wish you luck :-) This is best what I can do with my poor Canon.

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.

In Europe, "Jay" is used by people who speak the English language as a synonym for the Eurasian Jay.


The Eurasian Jay was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work Systema Naturae. He recognised its affinity with other corvids, naming it Corvus glandarius.

Distribution and habitat

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.


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 and other birds of prey such as Goshawks and Peregrines during the day.


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 and eggs, mice, small reptiles and small snakes.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-16 5:58]

Hi Grzegorz.This is a very good close up of the Jay. The detail and colours are spot on. You have used the light so well . a nice pOV/DOF. the eye looks first clas../ well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-16 6:15]

Bonjour Grzegorz,

Bravo pour ce gros plan,les détails sont parfaits.


hello Grzegorz ,
nice closeup shot, excellent details of the plumage, lovely colours, precise dof, liked the framing too,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-16 6:24]

Hi.This is a very very good close up of the Jay, color and procektion very good .
heve a nice day. by

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-16 6:40]

Hello Grzegorz
Precious forefront, the approach is very good and tones also a pretty picture.
Greetings Jose

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-16 7:15]

Hi Grzegorz.
Your use of Canon S2 is outstanding. You can do all you wish. Amazing picture of the beautiful bird and brilliant reproduction of all its attractive details. Light, colours, sharpness are superb. Great close-up. My compliments.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-16 7:55]

Hello Grzegorz,
If I'd caught this one with my S2 I'd be very pleased. It's a great close-up, sharpness is excellent and colours natural. I love its pose with the walnut in its beak and the background is dark and beautiful and makes it stand out. Well done!!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-16 10:37]

Nothing to photograph except your desk aquarium!!
Mine is now underway with shrimps, water fleas, water boatmen and snails :)
Cracking capture of this Jay.
You do so well with your S2 IS!
The clarity is impeccable and there is heaps of detail!
Perfectly composed following the Rule of Thirds and a superb pose with that nut in its mouth.
Great DOF and BG.
Very well done Grzegorz.

Nice shot Greggz.
You've captured this very well indeed.
Not much to photograph here too
... well,there probably is,but I get too depressed at Christmas to do much creative.
Hope you have a good one.

Hi Grzegorz, lovely bird with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello My Friend

How is everything? Hope the family are all well and that the weather isn't too unkind. This is a wonderful closeup Greg. Love the full frame. Congrats! :-)

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