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Young Blue Jay

Young Blue Jay
Photo Information
Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-26
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Canon 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds, Newfoundland Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-29 12:15
Viewed: 5118
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
“Young Blue Jay” (Cyanocitta cristata) is the name of this photo below the trees near our home. The colors, various shades of blue, and patterns are incredible.
The main focus at 400 MM was on his back and tail feathers.
These birds are present all winter despite the majority migrating.
They are adaptable, aggressive and omnivorous, and has been colonizing new habitat for many decades.
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.
Blue Jays can make a large variety of sounds, and individuals may vary perceptibly in their calling style. Like other corvids, they may learn to mimic human speech. Their 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 mob potential predator such as hawks and drive them away from the jays' nests.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-29 23:39]

Hi Jim,
Good viewpoint and pose of this beautiful jay, the focus should have been on the eyes, always. Capturing any animal its the eye more important, even the rest of the body is out of focus. tfs.

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