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Blue Jay 3
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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: 2006-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/6.9, 1/350 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 60-69 points (Chapter 3), !BJ ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-29 21:44
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Cyanocitta cristata
(blue jay)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocitta
Species: Cyanocitta cristata
Find in TaxonTree [Help]Geographic Range
Blue jays are native to the Nearctic region. They are common in southern Canada and in the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains. (Sanford 1984)

Physical Description
65 to 109 g
(2.29 to 3.84 oz)

22 to 30 cm
(8.66 to 11.81 in)

Blue jays are bright blue on top and whitish gray on the belly and chin. They have a gray-blue, feather crested head, which they can raise and lower. The feathers on their wings and tails are bright blue with white and black bands. Blue jays also have a collar of black feathers across the throat and continuing around the head. Their bills, legs, feet, and eyes are black. Males are just a little larger, on average, than females. Total body length ranges from 22 to 30 cm. (Reilly 1968)

Breeding season
Blue Jays breed from March through July.

Eggs per season
3 to 6

Time to hatching
17 days (average)

Time to fledging
17 to 21 days

Time to independence
3 months (average)

Age at sexual or reproductive maturity (female)
1 years (average)

Age at sexual or reproductive maturity (male)
1 years (average)

Blue jays form long-lasting, monogamous pair bonds. These bonds usually last until one of the pair dies.

Mating systems:
monogamous .

Blue jays build loose and untidy nests of barks, twigs, leaves, and grasses in trees and shrubs. The female lays three to six eggs at a time. These can be blue, green, or yellow, with brown or grey spots. The eggs must be incubated for 17 to 18 days. This is usually done by female, but in some cases males share in the incubation. Males provide food for females during incubation. Young fledge after 17 to 21 days and leave their natal range about 2 months after fledging. Blue jays may breed in their first year after hatching. (Zims 1956, Reilly 1968)

Key reproductive features:
iteroparous ; seasonal breeding ; gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); sexual ; oviparous .

Both males and females feed their nestlings. Young are able to feed themselves three weeks after they leave the nest, but stay with their parents for around two months after fledging.

Parental investment:
altricial ; pre-fertilization (provisioning, protecting: female); pre-hatching/birth (protecting: male, female); pre-weaning/fledging (provisioning: male, female, protecting: male, female).

Longest known lifespan in wild
17.50 years (high)

Longest known lifespan in captivity
26.25 years (high)

Expected lifespan in wild
7 years (average)

The oldest blue jay studied by researchers in the wild lived to be 17 years and 6 months old, most blue jays live to about 7 years old. One captive female lived for 26 years and 3 months.

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hi jean paul,
lovely shot,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
beautiful effect of lighting,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-29 22:47]

Hello JeanPaul,
Thanks for sharing this great capture of a Blue Jay with excellent details, colors and point of view.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-30 0:37]

Hello jeanpaul

Another beautiful blue jay photo.Excellent sharp detail with beautiful natural colours.Great POV and DOF.The plumage shows really well.Excellent composition .TFS


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-30 1:04]
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Hi JeanPaul

What a cute shot of this lovely blue jay.

I like the frontal POV with the seed in its mouth. That Mohawk hairdo is very prominent at this oblique angle. The DOF is fabulous as it covered the whole bird plus which left the entire bird with beautiful details. The soft light aided in showing wonderful contrasts especially in the facial region.

Excellent work and TFS.
Friendly regards

PS. My wish to you is for a wonderful 2007 together with all your loved ones.

Hi Jeanpaul
Perfect shot.
great sharpness and colours.
I like it.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-30 2:31]

Hello JeanPaul,
Very nice shot of the Blue Jay from an unusual angle. I like the light and the details are sharp. Excellent composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Another amazing shot, JP.
The light you captured gives a nice atmosphere.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-30 3:52]

I love the look of these birds - but I hear they are a bit noisy - we don't have them in NZ. Well captured JP, TFS

oui en ce moment il fait froid aussi chez nous mais le paysage est surement moins beau que chez toi !!!!! je suis a la limite de la CHAMPAGNE et de la BOURGOGNE!!! donc plat pays.
bravo pour cette belle photo de geai bleu,excellent détails et bon BG, mais tu peux en envoyer un peu vers chez nous car les mésanges, c' est beau, mais bon!!!!!
amitiès sincères


Hi my dear friend jeanpaul ,
nice shot as always.
great details and lovely.
colores is excellent.
thanks dear jeanpaul ,
best wishes

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-30 5:44]

Hi Jeanpaul,

What a beautiful shot, the compsotion is superb with a great pose complete with seed in beak and its nice too see the crest raised, really nice details and perfectly saturated colours, beautiful soft lighting too.

Happy 07
Hilary :o)

bonjour jean paul

superbe photo l'oiseau ce détache bien du fond très bonne profondeur de champs

Salut JP,
You managed to produce an other amazing photo. Such a beautiful moment captured with the seed in its beak. It looks like you were up in the trees with the bird to capture it. Great details and beautiful colors.

bravo jean paul il est magnifique merci

Hello Jp,

Excllent work, Great colors bg POV DOF perfet composed and capture photo,

TFS Kyle

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-30 9:49]

Hello JeanPaul,
Another Blue Jay beauty from you: this time with POV, pose, BG and sharpness being the prime features. Well presented too!
Bravo et merci,

bonjour JP
revoila ce beau geai,comme pour les precedentes photos de cet oiseau,pas grand chose a en dire.pour moi c'est une excellente reussite.
bravo et meilleurs voeux.

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  • Dejv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (75)
  • [2006-12-30 12:21]

This is very nice shot!
Good sharpes and colors!I like this foto!
TFS David

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-30 13:03]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Again a great capture of this beautiful Bluejay.Nice soft blurry BG.
The POV and details are superb.
Happy holidays

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-30 15:23]

If it lacked some point of view... here it is.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, lighting, background, focus, sharpness, colors, framing, notes and PP.

I don't like it: nothing.

Cheers my esteemed friend!.
RAP ;-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-30 15:32]
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Perfect Jean Paul,
Use of backlight is amazing.I liked POV,clear details,catchlight in eyes,sharpness,pose of bird and composition a lot.Excellent work!Happy new Year to you and your family.

Hello Jeanpaul,
this is another excellent shot from the Blue Jay. Great POV, framing and excellent sharpness. Very nice colours and exposure. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting. I wish you a Happy New Year.

Hi JeanPaul

Lovely shot. Nicely composed. Looks great against the OOF BG. I wish you and your family all the best for 2007 :-)

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
C'est une excellente capture de ce geai. J'aime bien cette prise de vue, composition et les beaux détails. C'est beau de le voir comme ça dans son intégralité, les miens ont toujours des branches dans le chemin :-) Je te souhaite une superbe année 2007! Merci,
PS, as-tu eu ma réponse à ton courriel, il semble que l'adresse courriel à laquelle je t'ai répondu ne fonctionne pas...?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-31 7:18]

Hi Jean Paul.
Outstanding final of your amazing shot series in this year. (May be I am wrong and you will share once more picture on 31 December.)

Really 3D photo. Your bird is present in my room. Everything is outstanding again. POV, sharpness of the bird, blurriness of the BG, amazing illumination and wonderful colours. BRAVO. It is true piece of art.
See you in 2007.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-31 7:23]

Hi Jean-Paul.
It's your next amazing birdy portrait.I like very much back-light, that the you gives large depth picture as well as really splendid colours.Angle look,composition and details are perfect.Great work!
Best wishes and very much successful next year 2007.
Best regards Milos

All the best to you in New Year my friend:)
You captured this one with crisp details and in a great POV!
I like the eye contact, and the colors are very natural! Take care Ana:)

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-01 13:10]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Well this blue jay has been posing for you. Good composition and pov. Nice colours and framing.
tfs paula

This is lovely Jean Paul. The depth of field is perfect. It looks almost three demensional. Beautiful work.

Thanks for sharing and I wish you lots of great photo opportunities in 2007.

Evelynn : )

Hi Jean Paul :)
So lovely shot... Excellent colors, composition, perfect POV and DOF. Brawo!

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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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-12 8:24]

Magifique image jeanpaul,
La photo a de la profondeur, trois dimensions,
belles couleurs chaudes et naturelles. excellente netteté et composition
Merci pour le partage

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