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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-26 10:08
Viewed: 4726
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Jay is about 30 cm (10-12 in) in length from the bill to tail and 70-100 g (2.47-3.53 ounces), with a wingspan of 34-43 cm (13-17 in).

They can be aggressive towards other birds. They are known to approach humans confidently. The bill, legs, and eyes are all black. Males and females are nearly identical; males are slightly larger.

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.

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

The Blue Jay occurs from southern Canada south to Texas and Florida. It breeds in mixed-wood forests, deciduous forests, parks, and residential areas from Canada in the north, through eastern North America, and south to Florida and northeastern Texas. The western edge of the range stops where the arid pine forest and scrub habitat of the closely related Steller's Jay begins. Recently, the range of the Blue Jay has extended to the Northwest so that it is now a regular but still-rare autumn migrant along the northern Pacific Coast.

The Blue Jay is partially migratory. It may withdraw several hundred kilometres south in the northernmost parts of its range. It migrates during the daytime, in loose flocks of 5 to 250 birds. The Blue Jay occupies a variety of habitats within its large range, from the pine woods of Florida to the spruce fir forests of northern Ontario. It is less abundant in the heavier forests, preferring mixed woodlands with oaks and beeches.

Thanks for taking a look and to you who share your thoughts...I appreciate it. Richard

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-11-26 10:38]

Hello Richard !
This is such a wonderful bird ! I love all these different shades of blue in his feathers. His pose here is nice too, he lloks very proud. Excellent details, beautiful colors, wonderful composition and POV, nice natural colors. Very well done !

Hello Richard,
Very good size posting to enjoy the closeness of this beautiful Blue Jay!
perfect pose in total sharpness, vivid colour and details in it!
very well done and thanks for the good notes

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-11-26 14:42]

uma foto perfeito muito bem fotografada meus parabéns.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-26 23:18]

Hi Richard

Really good POV with lovely eye contact. The colours are good too.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-26 23:32]

Hi Richard,
What a beautiful capture of this blue jay.
I love the blues in the wings and tails. Just gorgeous.
Very sharp details and perfect light.
TFS. : )

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-27 2:02]

Hello Richard,
Very nice composition, POV and colours. I also like frame. Good work!

Hi Richard, you've prepared this one well. The diagonal log with the spruce boughs providing the backdrop; the bird is perfectly positioned filling your square cropped frame. The birds colour is great, the detail is spot on, with perfect lighting throughout. What else can I say?

Thanks, John

Hi Richard,
A beautiful capture of this Jay. Nicely composed shot with very good details and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-11-27 5:24]

Hello Richard,

I see you as a bird specialist, you take wonderful picture with a very great quality.
Also a very good note.

Best regards,

Genial colorido y excepcional PoV.
Muy hermosos detalles en este gran trabajo.
Saludos, JL.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-27 9:50]

Hello Richard,
Superb capture of this Blue Jay in a fine pose. Great focus and sharp details. I love the colours too and the natural background.
An excellent composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

Great image Richard, I like the diagonal comp.
Over slept I'm afraid..

Hello Richard, very nice composition of this Blue Jay, great pose and very good exposure. There is some noise in the background though. I'll try a workshop. Nice shot thanks !


Hello Richard,
You present here very lovely shot of this Blue Jay in nice pose.
Outstanding details and wonderful POV & composition here. I porsonally love this diagonal compo. very much. :-)
Also, well presented with beautiful natural colours.
Thanks for the sharing this precious photo.
Best wishes,

Hi Richard, elegant bird with splendid colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-12-02 12:32]

Bonjour Richard,
Blue Jays are some really beautiful birds... Your's is an hommage to him. Excellent light and woderful colours. Great details too.
TFS and best regards,


Hi Richard,
Great capture. Excellent POV, details and colors.
Cheers from Hong Kong

The angle of the wood gives this composition a lot of impact. I like the natural setting; wood below and greenery above. It isolates your jay nicely yet naturally. It is a fine capture.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-27 6:31]

Hi Richard,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Blue Jay with such sharp details and colours. Superb lighting and exposure and I like the contrastic surrounding here which helps in highlighting the bird. Great DOF. Excellent chosen POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hallo Richard
Being a new to Trek Nature, I find myself browsing more than I thought I would at first. I think at this stage my eyes are working overtime to search for anything that will grab my attention, and realize it is quite a difficult task. There are just so many talented photographers on the site and they all have such spectacular portfolios. I stumbled across your portfolio and you have a number of more than beautiful bird photos in your gallery. Although they are all spectacular I have decided to give my smiley to one of your older postings with the title “Blue Jay”. This is such an elegant and dignified looking bird and its posing as if it is walking in a fashion parade, and I just love the patterns in her back feathers, and is truly exceptionally beautiful. I have never seen such patterns on a birds plumage. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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