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the blue jay

the blue jay
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-19 20:43
Viewed: 3266
Points: 42
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Blue Jay

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Corvidae

Genus: Cyanocitta

Species: C. cristata

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.

Its food is sought both on the ground and in trees and includes virtually all known types of plant and animal sources, such as acorns and beech mast, weed seeds, grain, fruits and other berries, peanuts, bread, meat, eggs and nestlings, small invertebrates of many types, scraps in town parks and bird-table food.

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 voice is typical of most jays in being varied, but the most commonly recognized sound is the alarm call, which is a loud, almost gull-like scream. There is also a high-pitched jayer-jayer call that increases in speed as the bird becomes more agitated. Blue Jays will use these calls to band together to drive a predator such as a hawk away from their nest.

deblink, lovenature, jcoowanitwong, Ken52, Gildasjan, jaycee, ridvan, Amerek2, nainnain, Adanac, Luis52, glazzaro, Debz, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Magnifique détails et superbe composition à travers les branches.

What fantastic colours this bird has, the blues are just glorious. You have captured the image of this one superbly on the bare branches. Shame it didn't turn around to give us a front view. Well captured image. Very nice.

Hello Jean Paul
A cute capture of this cheeky Blue Jay. The colours are excellent and perfect focus. I like the way he is looking back at you from the branch. Well done.
TFS Janice

Hello JeanPaul,
May be a bit cold out there. This blue jay seem to fluffy up a bit. Nice shot in this natural environment.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-19 23:22]

Hello Jeanpaul

A well focused and composed shot of this beautiful blue jay.The details are sharp and crisp.Great POV and DOF.Beautiful! TFS


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-20 0:28]

Hello Jean Paul,
Great composition that shows the fluffy jay clearly in a jungle of branches. Excellent colors and definition. Well done. Regards,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-20 0:40]

Nice pleasing photo of the blue jay. Outstanding, true colors, excellent exposure and great DOF. Nice composition.

Bonjour Jean Paul
Un cliché net,l'exposition est également très bien gérée.Bravo malgré le sujet centré mais plus facile à dire qu'à faire.
Bon week-end

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-20 10:24]

Hi Jeanpaul,

A wonderful huddled up Blue Jay - he must be cold. The colors are beautiful - nice sharp details - and a lovely setting.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-20 10:45]

selam jean; amazing shot and nice comp with splendid colours.good BG and lovely bird. TFS
well done

Wonderful image. really is nice with great colours, sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Jean Paul,
Magnificent shot of this Blue Jay. Thanks to the different shades of the background its plumage coulours are very well pronounced. Perfect detail and very pleasant light.
Have a nice weekend!

bonsoir jean paul
eh bien nous on a beau leurs donner des graines nous n' avons que nos traditionnels oiseaux francais!!
bravo pour ton geai bleu , il est super, bonne netteté
bien vu et merci

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-20 21:40]

Bonjour JeanPaul,
Lovely composition with great colors and sharp focus, thanks for sharing.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-20 23:03]

Hola Jeanpaul. Bellos colores en azules de este hermoso Pajaro. Gran nitidez y con un exelente fondo. Luis52. Muy buena Nota.

Nice capture, like how he is huddled up against the cold, good exposure and detail.


Hi Jeanpaul.
Very pretty shot. Very pure and sharp shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-21 18:54]

Lovely pov on this colourful and pretty Blue Jay. Great feather detail, good light. Great composition.

Hi Jeanpaul, lovely and elegant bird with great pose, good focus and sharpness, lovely details, splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2007-08-17 2:13]

Bonjour Jean Paul,
La photo de ce geai est très belle tout comme le cadrage e tles couleurs.
Les plumes bleues de cet oiseau sont magnifique.
Merci du partage.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce geai bleu sur la branche, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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