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Beauty in Blue

Beauty in Blue
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Copyright: Varahram Hemmati (vhemmati) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 63] (407)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Canada (chapter two) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 23:29
Viewed: 3210
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is obviously the infamous Blue Jay. It'd been a long time since I wanted to capture a good shot of this beautiful bird. I finally got the chance this weekend in Omega Park located near Montebello, Quebec, Canada. This guy was actually stealing corn seed from the park's pick-up truck! Here is more on this bird from Wikipedia:

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a North American jay, a bird with predominantly lavender-blue to mid-blue feathering from the top of the head to midway down the back. There is a pronounced crest on the head. The colour changes to black, sky-blue and white barring on the wing primaries and the tail. The bird has an off-white underside, with a black collar around the neck and sides of the head and a white face.

Blue Jays reside over a very large area of the eastern side of North America from northest Newfoundland to southest Florida, western Texas and Midwestern United States, and north to central Alberta. It is mainly a bird of mixed woodland, including American beech and various oak species, but also of parks and gardens in some towns and cities. West of the Rockies, it is replaced by the closely related Steller's Jay.

Being clever and adaptable birds, Blue Jays are good survivors and have adapted well to human presence; however, their occasionally aggressive behavior at feeding stations, plus a reputation for occasionally destroying the nests and eggs of other birds, have made them unwelcome at some bird feeders. In captivity as well they are generally aggressive toward other birds.

Any suitable tree or large bush may be used for nesting, and both sexes build the nest and rear the young, though only the female broods them. There are usually 4–5 eggs laid and incubated over 16–18 days. The young are fledged usually between 17–21 days. Blue Jays typically form monogamous pair bonds for life.

Although this bird is generally found year-round through most of its range, some northern birds do move into the southern parts of the range. These birds migrate in the daytime.

The Blue Jay is the provincial bird of Prince Edward Island and gave its name to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.

---> www.varahram.ca

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nice colors good focus nice use of the branches to frame the bird. but i would have cropped in a bit closer to the bird

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-08 3:47]

Hello Varahram,
Very nice blue jay capture.POV,colors,catchlight in eyes,framing,lighting and composition are wonderful.

Nice picture!!
Pity the subject is not in the foreground.
Nice setting and colors.
Good job!

Hi Varahram
C'est une superbe photo !
Les couleur sont exellentes et naturelles, la composotion est tres reussit avec un superbe de bg et très jolie la posture de l'oiseautres bon travail.
Merci et au revoir...jp

Hi dear Varahram ,
excellent image with wonderful colours.
well composition and excellent sharpness.
very well captured.


The focus is perfect here and DOF too. The contrast between the blue and green is great. Nice bird catch.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-11 16:14]

Hello Varahram,
The beauty of this shot is the framing of the Blue Jay with the greenery: an excellent comp and nice contrast with the BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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