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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-01 19:59
Viewed: 3866
Points: 12
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Blue Jay

The male Blue Jay measures 22–30 cm (9–12 in) from bill to tail and weighs 70–100 grams (2.47–3.53 oz), with a wingspan of 34–43 cm (13–17 in). [1] There is a pronounced crest on the head, a crown of feathers, which may be raised or lowered according to the bird's mood. When excited or aggressive, the crest may be fully raised. When frightened, the crest bristles outwards, brushlike. When the bird is feeding among other jays or resting, the crest is flattened to the head.[2]

Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. The underside is off-white and the neck is collared with black which extends to the sides of the head. The wing primaries and tail are strongly barred with black, sky-blue and white. The bill, legs, and eyes are all black. Males and females are nearly identical except that males are slightly larger.[3]

As with other blue-hued birds, the Blue Jay's coloration is not derived by pigments, but is the result of light interference due to the internal structure of the feathers;[citation needed] if a blue feather is crushed, the blue disappears as the structure is destroyed.[citation needed] This is referred to as structural coloration.

Blue Jays have strong black bills used for cracking nuts, and acorns and for eating corn, grains and seeds, although they also eat insects such as beetles, grasshoppers, and caterpillars.

More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Jay

Nikon D300
An old Nikkor 80-200 f/4.5 AI zoom lens
An old 4 elements Vivitar 2X teleconverter
Manfrotto tripod and head
Shot and process in RAW mode at 800 ISO

I hope you like it.

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Good capture with moderate colors and sharpness, Alain! A wider aperture settings may be more appropriate in my opinion but even like that the result is quite pleasant!
George Veltchev

Bonjour Alain,
Superbe capture de ce geai Bleu,
belle netteté et détails.
excellent focus et contraste,
le portrait est magnifique..

Hello Alain,
Must be the season for jays. You managed very nicely with the exposure not going under or over the light and dark registers where they really count. Well done. :)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-04 0:14]

Hi Alain,
wonderfully captured of this bird. The sharpness is lovely as the colours are neat and smoothly composed.
the blue wing is so lovely and the pattern on the tail is so detailed.
A nicely executed view,


Hi Alain,
A kind of wonderful,
I see first discovered.
almost like you stopped to pose.

Well exposed & composed Alain. It's a good POV, nice detail too.
I like the environment also..
Well done!

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