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The Story of the Jackdaw.

The Story of the Jackdaw.
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-10 12:08
Viewed: 3469
Points: 30
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Hello Everyone,

This is the story of the jackdaw.
Jackdaws can be very gregarious and are good at taking advantage of us humans. As a child, I had one as a pet which I loved enormously. In adult life, I have not seen that many of them, until relatively recently!

Now, I have noticed them gathering around popular sites like the water's edge in the Lake District, or at the river's edge in the popular town of Hebden Bridge. That is where I captured this very lovely example.

Just recently, they have started appearing in my garden. They are eager to share the 'fat balls' with the tits and the sparrows. They are too bulky to hang on to the feeders like the small birds, but, they cleverly sit on nearby twigs and grab the small, plastic bags that contain the fat balls. In this way, by brute force, they pull the bags (still containing some fat and seeds) out of the holder and onto the floor where they eagerly devour the contents.

I think jackdaws are immensely clever!

I will put a shot into the w/s, showing a jackdaw removing the bags from the feeder.

Many thanks for stopping by.
I hope you found it interesting.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph.

Bev :-)

Hil, Jamesp, jaycee, angela926, eqshannon, CeltickRanger, gracious, rcrick, haraprasan, pekkavalo1, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-10 12:33]

Hi Bev,

Lovely shot of the Jackdaw, there are quite a few where I live but when I see them all I'm without my Camera.
Nicely composed shot with a great POV and lovely colours.
I like the Workshop, you have to admire thses clever birds.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-10 12:41]

Hi Bev

Great shot - lovely pose with nice detail. Interesting account too.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-10 12:55]

Hi Bev,

Another bird I have never seen! Lovely pose showing off this handsome Jackdaw. Wonderful colors and sharp details of the face and plummage. I love his eye! Interesting notes and workshop.


Hello Beverley,
Good shot, very nice composition and pov, lovely colors and excellent catchlight, good depth of field, lovely soft background, could be a bit sharper.

Hi Bev, excellent portrait of this beautifull specimen of Jackdaw, good focus, splendid colours and background, very well composed,


An excellent story-teller you have turn out to be Bev..I like it..and it is so much as I was saying about a muffin eating gull I posted a day or so back....scavengers some might call them. I call them survivors...although I'm not into the same diet! Great lesson plan..Sometimes I fell that certain folks have a way of teaching...through words and images....and you are sometimes one of those special folks!

hello Beverley

excellent image of the Jackdaw, with fine POV and i love the fine
vertical framing that you gived, excellent sharpness and details
of the dark plumage, lovely glance of the bird too, TFS


Hello Bev,
sorry a bit late of coming in!
Many thanks for sharing this wonderful image of Jackdew!
good pose of it in superb sharpness especially on the plummage, nice colour and details
well done

Hi Bev,

Wonderful shot of this Jackdaw, excellent detail in the plumage, beautiful eye colour, perfect framing and composition, lovely work,
all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Beverley,
A nice capture of this beautiful jackdaw bird. It resembles to our crows here. Excellent composition and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-11 3:52]

Hello Beverely,
For a moment I thought it is crow. But looked at the shot and found details. WEll done and very well presented. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-12 0:36]

Hello Bev,
I agree with you, these are lovely birds and very intelligent. I like their blue eyes and they're really quite small compared to Ravens and Crows. You've captured this one in a lovely pose and against a fine soft background. Great details and colours and I like the workshop too! Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Bev,

Excellent capture of Jackdaw with great pose and composition, good POV and nice colours. Jackdaws should be amongst the most intelligent birds. There are many studies of their social life and I believe the most famous is by Konrad Lorenz.


Best wishes


Hi Bev, beautiful Jackdaw with fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-19 21:15]

Hello Beverley

Wonderful eye detail and colours.
The plumage is well defined.
Excellent pov and dof.


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