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Siberian Jay (Lavskrika)

Siberian Jay (Lavskrika)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM L, Digital RAW 800
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-10 11:15
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This is a Siberian Jay, Lavskrika in Swedish which means Lichen Jay, the bird likes forest with old trees covered with lichen as you can see on the twigs.Lavskrikan is a very social bird and are not afraid of people, old timers told lavskrikan shared their food and the fires when they was cut timber in the winter time.
You don’t need to look for it, they will come to you if they are in the neighborhood.
And they don’t say no to some Falu sauces. :-)
This picture was taken this week in south limit for the Siberian Jay, normally the live far north but we have a small population in my county.
The picture was taken in bad condition, very dull day with poor light, camera settings 1/50 sec F 5.0 and 800 ISO.
But I hope you like it anyway

Some info from Wikipedia

Siberian Jay (Perisoreus infaustus) is a crow bird found in lichen-covered pine forests from Norway to eastern Siberia, and is a typical town bird in its range.
The Siberian jay is smaller than most crows, have an average length of 26-29 inches, a wingspan of 40-46 centimeters and a weight of 80-95 grams. It is much smaller than its relative, the Eurasian jay and slightly larger than Fieldfare. Its very luxuriant plumage is grayish brown with a brown-black head and rusty over the rump, tail and sides.
The flight is smooth and quiet, with the sliding element and tend to move from tree to tree. It can often recall a big wimp when it climbs up and down the branches.
The Siberian jay is not a migratory bird, found across most of the northern coniferous forest region from Scandinavia, through Russia to the east to the Pacific.

Pattern metering, ISO 800, Raw-format, av-mode, tripod
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5.
Well calibrated Eizo monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-10 11:17]

Hello Gert,
Excellent capture! Excellent sharpness, , colours and fantastic details. Great POV and note too. This is an excellent composition. Very well done. Thank you.
Best regards Siggi

Amazing achievement under difficult circumstances friend Gert! Good evening and welcome back! I am amazed that you have manage to execute this shot using tripod! This little bird seems is a very active creature! So well done, great result from the best APS-C DSLR to date! Bravo Gert!
George Veltchev

hello Gert,
welcome back to TN.
congratulations really on this perfect shot of very handsome and ringed Siberian Jay. excellent sharpness and light using. blurry BG and lichened dry stick very for composition. additionally eye contact and color balance superb. thanks for showing us this beauty.
In last night, I visited your portfolio and I can find only several ones. I am sad deleting many great shots. I dont know reason, but I enjoyed to visit them, flying ducks, butterflies and others. I hope we will be able to see them again.
best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-10 12:04]

Hello Gert
First class image quality and superb composition
Thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-10 12:11]

Hello Gert,
This photo was taken in bad conditions? I can't see it at all. What a beauty! Everything in this photo is superb and the colours are very beautiful. The light is also splendid. A great gift to TN.
I miss all your older masterpieces.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-10 12:12]

Hello Ellis,
Happy to see this beautiful bird again. I remember another picture you have shown I think last year. Beautiful pose and vivid attitude of the bird. Perfect composition with the branch used as diagonal. Fine and subtle colors too, in a word, perfect!
Thanks and kind regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-10 12:22]

Hi, dear Gert.
I am very glad to see your new picture. As usual it is wonderful in every aspect. First of all it is a very attractive BG. Its colouration is nice and unusual for forest. Image of bird and amazing tree are isolated from BG perfectly. 3D-effect is really fine. Details of the main subject are superb as well as lights and colours despite the bad weather and lighting. I like POV and composure so much and exposure parameters are unique for bird shooting. Well done and TFS. With best regards,

Hello Gert,
exceptional capture with superb details and amazing natural colours.
Lovely composition and perfect focus.

Gorgeous image very clean with no noise and great sharpness

Love it!

Dear Gert!

You present us a superb picture with magnificent details. The bird's pose is very pleasant and the diagonal composition puts it well on stage. The beautiful colours of the nicely blurred background highlight the bird's beauty at best. A very pleasant picture!

Kind regards


Superbe réussite de cet oiseau que je ne connaissais pas. La note est d'ailleurs très instructive. Le cadre ainsi que ce branchage avec licchens ajoute beaucoup à ce bel ensemble.

Hello Get,

What an beaty and I cannot see that the weather conditions are bad.
Good pov and sharpness.
Fine colours.
What an beauty.


Bonjour Gert,
Belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Gert,
A nice capture of this beautiful Eurasian Jay. Good sharp details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Gert,

Simple but effective image. Excellent focus and exposure. Compositioin is well balanced and bird position and the direction he looks are academically and artistically perfect. Shallow DOF looks great. My only comment would be that I feel a slight magenta cast especially on the branch, but it could be my monitor (24" Samsung calibrated with Spyder2) or may be it is the natureal color of that branch? I know you are normally very accurate with colors and that you monitor and Spyder version should be more accurate than mine. If there no magenta cast in the branch, let me know. I may need to calibrate my monitor again. Nice shot and TFS.


Saying it was a bad day makes the image more interesting than original which was fine in the first place. I frequently prefer days like this as it brings out more detail than if in the direct sun. Good show Gert.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-12 6:21]

Hej Gert,
A masterpiece in the use of low lighting!
ISO 800 was a good choice that enabled excellent sharpness without noise. The composition on the diagonal lichen-covered branch, the natural colours, sharpness and clean BG contribute to a portrait of Lavskrikan that is of a professional standard.
Thanks fo sharing this beauty.
Bra jobbat!

Höstens sista fjärilar, amiralen, vinbärsfuksen och gammaflyet är kvar i solen men det har varit frost i natt och t o m här i Skåne är det nu begränsat med ljus.:((

As usual, what a lovely shot without any flaw, Gert!
The bad conditions seem to add to this shot!
But then, you're one of the original Master Photographers here, my friend!And we learn from every shot you post!
Thanks so much!

Dear Gert,
I guess you have started to pack your bags for your migration to Cyprus - particularly in view of the prediction of a severe winter for Scandinavia!

As your whole (now truncated)portfolio, this photo exhibits your perfect photographic technique.

I feel a bit embarrassed to mention after all these eminent photographers before me, that a different, not black frame would enhance this great image;(however, one can not argue about taste :-)) and upload to your workshop a suggestion.

Last not least - Alain's comment about the branch is insofar correct, that I first wanted to use the branch shade for an edge for the workshop - et voila it was purplish/magenta... now I used the wing/tail shade.Uuups, you have disabled it.

Be that as it may, it does not change the beauty and quality of your work.

Have a good trip to Cyprus and hopefully a pleasant winter.
Warm greeting from South Africa
We have a rather hot begin of spring at 43 C!!
Best Wishes for your wrist

nice jay, never saw it before, TFS Ori

Hello Gert

The viewing angle, vivid colors, sharpness, use of true lighting, composition, and a shot was too great.
I think that shows the public is registered with the base of this lovely species.
Thank you for sharing.

Best Regards,

Hi Gert
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and impressive composition

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