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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-02 8:25
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Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata 25-30 cm) takes a few seconds to wonder if those seeds are good enough for him...:-)

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata Order PASSERIFORMES - Family CORVIDAE

A familiar sight at bird feeders, the boldly patterned Blue Jay is unmistakable. It is abundant in the East and is extending into the West, using food and shelter provided by humans.

Size: 25-30 cm (10-12 in)
Wingspan: 34-43 cm (13-17 in)
Weight: 70-100 g (2.47-3.53 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes alike.

Very vocal; make a large variety of calls. Most frequent call is a harsh "jeer." Also clear whistled notes and gurgling sounds.

Conservation Status
Breeding Bird Survey data show a slight but significant decline in Blue Jay numbers across the United States, with most of the decline in the East. Some have implicated it in the decline of some Neotropical migrant species because it is a nest predator and prefers forest edges, but little direct evidence has been found.

Other Names
Geai bleu (French)

Cool Facts

Although the migration of Blue Jays is an obvious phenomenon, with thousands moving past some points along the coast, much about it remains a mystery. Some jays are present throughout the winter in all parts of the range. Which jays move and which stay put? Although young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, many adults do migrate. Some individual jays may migrate south in one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. Why do they migrate when they do?

Many people dislike the Blue Jay because it is known to eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds. However, in an extensive study of Blue Jay feeding habits, only 1% of jays had evidence of eggs or birds in their stomachs. Most of the diet was composed of insects and nuts.

The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. It has been suggested that these calls provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or that they are used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.

Tool use in birds is rare. Although no tool use has been reported for wild Blue Jays, captive jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside of their cages

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-02 8:31]

Hi Mario. The colours of last summer they look so rich and warm . i am looking forward to spring. got myself a sigma 180 macro today . this Blue jay is beautiful . your sharp focusing is spot on giving fine detail. a nice pOV / dof. well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-02 8:33]

Hi Mario,

Perfection once again! I wish I could see one of these Blue Jays for real. This one is beautiful - perfect pose - wonderful colors - sharp details - superb background - great composition.


Bonjour Mario,

Juste les points aujourd hui.

Hi Mario,
Magnificent capture of this gorgeous bird!
The pose got is so good to let us admire his colorful feathers.
DOF worked great to have that bokeh and rich greens at the background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hallo Mario
I am sure you are very happy about this photo. I would be ecstatic and over the moon if one of my photos could just come close by the perfect ness of this one. Looking at this photo, I just know I still have lots to learn about the technical aspects of photography. This is really stunning. In my eyes this is a flawless image, with clear details and spot on focus. What more can I say than congratulations, well done and this one will go straight to my favourites. I hope you can hear me clapping because this one deserves a standing ovation. Thanks for sharing. Have an enjoyable weekend.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-02 10:06]

Hello Mario,
Another excellent photo of your feeder with this time the Blue Jay. Perfect sharpness and details with great colours. The colours in the BG are wonderful. Fantastic DOF and composition.

Congrats Mario,
Superb one...
Very good tonal curve, excellent colors, very good natural light, DOF and POV okay and so forth and so forth...
Well done!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-02 11:08]

Hello Mario,
Wonderfully sharp and well colored image of this Bold, Beautiful, Blue, Big, Backyard, Birdfeeder, Bully.
We have started to get Blue Jays in our area and they are all these things and more. Thanks for sharing Mario.

Yes, he does seem to be wondering, doesn't he? I like the blue against the green bg and frame! As usual, this is a perfect capture, Mario. Best! Penny

wow...Call my optometrist! Tell him I can see again! What a standout combination of colour.blue and Green...of course there is the jay...but it almost takes a back step to the light show...Very nice Marion...of course...

Bonjour Mario,

Encore une prise parfaite avec des couleurs magnifiques, bien composée, abondante en détails, point de vue bien choisi, arrière-plan flou et harmonieux! Dommage pour les graines de tournesol qui, à mon goût, rendent l'ensemble de la vue moins attrayant et qui pouvaient être dissimulées derrière le morceau de bois ou autrement. Merci,


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-02-02 12:56]

Belo passaro e bela foto ficou exelente esta imagem fez atépose para ser fotografado,muito simpatico esta ave meus parabéns.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-02 12:59]

Hello Mario,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent.TFS

Bonsoir Mario
C'est à ça qu'on reconnaît les grand photographges : on leur reproche de laisser apparaître des graines de tournesol. Ce n'est peut-être pas tout à fait faux, mais je les préfère au beurre :-). Ceci dit, je lis clairement dans les pensées de ce geai le message suivant : "il n'en a pas marre de nous prendre en photo celui là ?"
Continuez, cette qualité, nous on en redemande !
Merci de partager.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-02 13:28]

Hola Mario.
Otra belle y exelente foto. Muy agradables colores y fina pose de este "Pajaro Azul" o Azulejo.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-02 13:36]

Hi Mario

A superb shot - all aspects - the BG, detail, isolation & exposure. Great stuff.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-02 13:47]

Lovely image of this Blue Jay!
The green BG contrasts well with the electric blue colours of this bird.
Very, very sharp and excellent clarity.
Great composition.
I like the pose.
Well done Mario,

Hello Mario,
Excellent captured of this beautiful Blue Jay once again!
great pose of it in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done always

salut Mario

quelle belle image avec la superbe composition
excelle focus, excellent netteté et détails du plumage
et de la branche d'arbre, excellente luminosité à l'avant-plan
de l'image avec un superbe background, belle pose du geai bleu, très bon POV et le tout superbement cadré, TFS


Hi Mario

I think this grean BG with contrast to blue bird works perfect.
Without noise and nice details.wow. perfect as usual.
well done


hello mario,
what a fine capture of the blue jay, the dof, the focus, the exposure and the details are great, the dark green bg offers good contrast,
well done,
tfs & regards

Very nice shot with beautiful colors and details.with best regards, Nadeem Khawar.


Great image of this blue jay,
Beauyiful detail in the back and wings,
Great image,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-03 0:44]

Hi Mario

I hope for both your and our sake that they don't get tired of those seeds :))
Another very beautiful shot from you, my friend!
Again i simply love the way this blue jay looks on such a superb BG - those colors really enhance each other so well!!
Needless to say, the sharpness of your shot is impeccable and the DOF is also very well chosen. Another splendor!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-03 1:31]

Hello Mario,
This is superb!
You caught this Blue Jay with maximunm sharpness, in a fine pose, from an excellent POV against a pleasing green natural OOF BG.
A beautiful capture my friend!
Thanks for sharing it,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-03 4:11]
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Hi Mario,
Very nice capture of this blue jay. I liked the composition, POV, focus, sharpness and the pose you captured. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Mario,
Excellent shot, very good composition and point of view, terrific sharpness and perfect shallow depth of field, fantastic vivid colors and very good details, great pose!

Bonjour Mario,
Comme il est beau ce geai d'une grande netteté aux couleurs magnifiques avec un super BG.

Wonderfull shot the sharp detail and colour contrast is perfect. Nice pov and light is good. Composed well tfs rgds Necip.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-03 10:17]

Bonjour Mario
Très belle prise, magnifique couleurs, netteté et lumière, très belle attitude du sujet. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-03 11:22]

Allo Mario, ue c'est beau. Les couleurs saturées sont magnifiques, le fond vert, l'oiseau bleu, tout est beau beau beau! Merci,


Wouaw, je l'ai raté celle là !!!
C'est encore de la grande class Mario, tout est parfait, j'aime particulièrement les couleurs vives et bien contrastées

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-03 12:11]

Hello Mario,
Perfect capture of the BLue Jay in a fine diagonal pose! Lovely light, impressive sharpness and beautiful colours. It looks brilliant against the green background. A very fine composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

bonjour mario
il y a quand même de super taxidermistes au quebec!!!!
superbe image.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-02-04 13:53]

Hi Mario!

Another great capture of this blue jay. I like the pose of the bird and the BG. It makes the bird come out beautifull. Well detailed, and good DoF and PoV. Well done!

TFS, Thijs

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-05 9:08]

Hi Mario.
Next your amazing and outstanding in every aspect bird picture. Jay, stump, BG are wonderful. Terrific details and exactness of clear vibrant colours of the bird image, fine combination of the lights and shadows on the stump and superb and pleasant for eye deep green perfectly blurred BG. MY greetings and TFS. Superbly done work.

Bonjour Mario,

Une note qui est très informative. Ce geai bleu sur le tronc est impressionnant. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. La photo est c;aire et précise. Bonne journée.


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