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Hunt the stick

Hunt the stick
Photo Information
Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: A week in Elveden Forest
Date Submitted: 2005-05-18 9:21
Viewed: 4070
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Jay, Garrulus Glandarius.
I spotted this Jay whilst on a bike ride through Elveden forest. Even though they are colourful, you usually hear them before you see them, they are quite noisy, like the magpies they are closely related to. This one was looking for nesting material, I have a later shot of it with several small twigs in it's mouth. I followed it for a couple of minutes before it flew off. I captured it taking off from a branch but the shot was sorely out of focus. Maybe one for the 'just missed' theme...?

General info:
Status -
Widespread resident throughout most of Britain, with numbers increased during periodic invasions of Continental birds
Habitat -
Woodland, especially where oaks are present, but also large parks in urban areas.
Description -
Colourful and distinctive when seen well. Often, due to it's shy and wary nature, all that is seen is the white rump and black tail as it flies away in characteristic bouncy fashion. Calls harsh and loud.
Size -
34 cm
Trivia -
Did you know that the jay 'is one of the most important natural planters of acorns... and the distribution of several oak species is quite dependent on its presence'?

Courtesy of www.birdsofbritain.co.uk

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Halo Andy!
What is it looking for?????
Superb moment you captured! I like photos with some action. Really good job!

Great shot, Andy! You must have been in the right place at the right time.
Well captured, good detail, interesting subject, great POV.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful image with us.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-18 10:30]

Hi Andy,

This really is a great photo! Very nice colors and it's also crisp and clear. Good details. Composition is also very strong in this picture. I like the fact he has a thin stick in his beak. Well done & TFS!



Great shot Andy!
Jays are one of my favourite birds. They are very inteligent and really full of surprises. Did you know that they can make sounds like cat or rooster during their mating song?
The photo is really good. Pose of the bird is great, POV superb and the colours very good.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-18 13:17]

Excelent shot, Andy.
A beautiful view of the Jay. Excelent work.


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  • capaci Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 139 W: 55 N: 150] (1300)
  • [2005-05-18 13:39]

very good photo. TFS

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-05-18 15:07]

Dobra fotka fajnie wykadrowana.
dobrze zrobione.

Nice POV Andy. I would love to see the bird side view so I can see the blue feathers. Tack sharp. Nice work. Thanks

Andy, Excellent sharpness, details and colors..Well composed also. Looks like you've caught him foraging for bugs with a concentrated downward pose..Great shot!!

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