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Siberian Jay

Siberian Jay
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-22 22:00
Viewed: 3639
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Siberian Jay (Perisoreus infaustus)

This was taken during my trip to the North of Sweden with my son.
We visited a nature reserve that was created after the land owners had started to fell an area of primary spruce forest in the sub-alpine zone of the mountain range in Southern Lapland. A protest organised by the local branch of the Swedish Society for the Conservation had saved it from being clear-felled to leave the ancient spruces harbouring rare lichens and mosses mostly intact.

It is just this sort of boreal forest habitat that is the home of the Siberian Jay, found in the Siberian Taiga that stretches westwards into Scandinavia. Here they build their nest on a branch near the spruce trunk, they feed on insects, berries and seeds and they wander round the forest in small parties. They also hide bits of food in the bark crevices to provide food for the winter.
The WORKSHOP shows a typical habitat shot taken against the light.

This is a juvenile looking very much like an adult. It had landed on a mound of vegetation by the edge of a small bog to chase a small insect. That is when I took this photo.
A few minutes previously I saw it together with two of its siblings begging one of its parents to be fed but with no result. The family was busy flying from tree to tree looking for food. We heard them calling to each other and that was how we found them. Their calls are varied, often cat-like.

They often come to hikers that have taken a pause to eat sandwiches and our presence didn’t bother them much. This was taken at a distance of about 4 meters (13 ft), the image being practically full-frame. As the light was too poor to allow a higher shutter speed, the image shows signs of movement of the jay.

After size reduction this image was selectively sharpened.

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Hej Ivan,

Good texture and detail captured in the feathers. Exposure, Dof are well handled and good highlight in the eye. What I especially like is the birds pose, it looks as if he has spotted something in the shrubbery and is deciding whether to go for it or not.



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-22 22:11]

Hi Ivan,

Not sure if I have seen this bird before. I love the pose - he looks deep in thought. Beautiful colors and details of the head, plummage, wings and tail feathers. The color combination is wonderful. Lovely setting and composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-22 22:33]

Hi Ivan.
Outstanding of quality image of a wonderful bird and pictorial surroundings. Simply great diagonal composition, impressive magnification and plenty attractive details of the bird, vegetation and ground. I also like excellent DOF and superb colours/exposure of the image. Well done and TFS. My best wishes.

Hello Ivan,
Thanks from heart for the name of the Shag I had posted! and nice to be your neighbour today indeed!
Great pov on this captured on the Siberian Jay!
the exposure and focus is first class with good colour and details
many thanks for the wonderful sharing
sincere regards to you and Ulla!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-22 23:06]

Hi Ivan!

Father and son on a common excursion! What a great and valuable experience. And the visible result is superb. The Jay is beautiful, well exposed although the light conditions were poor as you say. I like those indirect light conditions very much, they provide softer colours.

Kind regards


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-23 0:29]

Hello Ivan,
In my country haven't this species. The bird is very sharp among natural beautiful plants. Very good photo.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-23 0:48]

Beautifully captured Ivan. It looks so real - the feathers look so soft and the close details show up well.
It's a lovely colour too,
Well done

Hi Ivan,
A splendid bird and its excellent shot in all around as usual.
Facial expression in this shot is GREAT!:) Lovely indeed.

hello ivan,
nice capture of the Siberian Jay, i liked the shine in the eyes of this cute little bird, you have managed to get good details of the plumae, fine pov and well composed too,
tfs & regards

Reading your environmental notes, I was smelling..as if I could..I wonder though...the boreal forest is in a cooler climate...as opposed say places like Eastern Oregon pine forests...where it gets REAL hot and the pines and firs smell very strongly. Is there a smell of this evergreen up that far north or does the cool keep it lower?

An unusual bird to my eye...It is somewhat drab..not the image mind you but the bird....which may indeed be one of its positive qualities...very sharp and the grasses almost with their bright greens, take over a bit...I am indeed a full-on scenery person..

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-23 8:41]

Hello Ivan,

This is a nice photo of the Siberian Jay. I like the natural atitude of the bird. It seems obvious to me that bird was looking after something and did not watch you. You prouved a very good skill apraching the bird. Image is very nice with sharp detaisl of the bird. Color rendering is also well done as color tones look natural.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Ivan, very nice image of this beautiful bird. TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-23 10:40]

Hello Ivan,
wonderful portrait of this Siberian Jay!
The saturated colours are really vibrent.
Sharp with fine detail and clarity.
Excellent diagonal composition.
Great DOF.

Very well done!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-23 11:36]

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful Siberian Jay in an excellent imagine. The details an sharp of the photo is great. I like the light and bird position.
TFS, Siggi

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-23 12:29]

Hola Ivan, muy bonita fotografia.
Una toma bien enfocada, con buen detalle, bien expuesta y con tonos de color naturales y muy agradables. Un saludo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-23 12:37]

Hi Ivan. I just love the pose you have captured in this one with its head on one side, It makes it look a wise looking bird. You have captured fine detail in the fetahers and natural colours . well done TFs.

Hola Ivan,
una vista algo diferente a la comun por la pose del ave y el propio posadero. Excelente iluminación.
Gracias por tu ayuda en la ID de mi Pterophorus que aunque no tengo claro sigo investigando jeje.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-23 16:33]

Hi Ivan,very very nice bird!I like a lot the best quality of your pic but first the point of view very very intelligent! Excellent work,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Ivan. This image pleases me. Well framed in natural green habitat. The sharpness and detail has always been flawless with your post. Well lit and very good crop of this Siberian Jay. Thanks for sharing. Jusni

Hello Ivan!
As I wrote to Ulla, today is the Swedish day! ;)
I was not able to write comments too often to your pictures last time because of some trips, but today I will try to do it, at least to a few of your images :)
Let's start with species not known for me. The English name suggests that is is a boreal taxon. It is very colourful as for North European/Asiatic bird. I like that you showed us it in two different poses - on the tree and on the ground.
TFS and have a nice afternoon!

Hello Ivan,

Beautiful picture of this Jay. Very nice composition. Excellent sharpness. Superb colours. I like very much the pose of the bird which seems to wait for insects, same pose that the blackbirds may have sometimes.

Hi, Ivan,

excellent capture of a very beautiful bird. the composition and the colours are very attractive. thanks for sharing.

also, many thanks for your pointers on my dragonfly photo. I'm very grateful to you for your pointers and encoruagement all along. thank you!!

have a great Sunday!

Man Yee

Hi Ivan

A fine capture of this attractive jay whic I don't believe I've seen before. Excellent sharpness as usual and an interesting composition.


Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Siberian Jay. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

A perfect shot of this Jay, Ivan.Love the catchlight, the perfect sharpness and your lovely note!

Hi Ivan,
Very good picture of this bird which is familiar to me from Lapland. They are indeed very social. Good pose and composition, sharp details, good catch eye and nice BG showing the natural habitat.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-26 19:47]

Hello Ivan, Very fine capture of this great bird, very high quality shot and a treat to the eye, well done, thanks!


merhaba Ivan,
finally I could came back to Nigde. I had missed several ones of your. Now I can visit them. Siberian Jay is very beautiful crow. I have not seen it in nature. You capture it with a great shot in Sweden. Superb sharp details, eyes contact and POV. Nicely composed. Information always great. Thanks for sharing and intrdoce it to us. Best wishes my friend

hello Ivan

and this image is the 3th one o choosed to critique,
here too i love to see the green vegetations on the image,
fine POV, DOF and framing, superb sharpness and details
of this Siberian Jay's plumage, TFS


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