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Blue Jay in a Rose Bush


Blue Jay in a Rose Bush
Photo Information
Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-24 8:03
Viewed: 4221
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN Viewers!

It was Nov. 4/06, and I was by our garden shed, reasonably out of sight of any bird that might happen by. I didn’t hear the warning cry that Blue Jays normally provide. But, suddenly, there one was, in our rose bush, about 10 feet from me. I managed to get one picture, which I have just posted.

For those of you who are not Blue Jay experts, I have made a few observations, which I hope that you find interesting. If you try to look up the name of this bird under “B”, in such references as the Audubon Society’s “Field Guide to North American Birds”, or Sibley’s “Guide to Birds”, you will not find it listed. The reason is that there are many species of jays, with different modifiers. There are green, gray, brown, as well as blue ones. There are also several other species, which don’t include a color in their names: e.g., Stellar’s Jay, Mexican Jay and Scrub Jay.

Photos of Blue Jays usually show the bird with a crest. I have found that they may or may not be displaying crests, depending on whether they are alert or agitated. Generally, when a Blue Jay announces itself, with its raucous cry, it lands with its crest quite perked up. Then, if there seems to be no danger, the crest relaxes. In the case of the Blue Jay that I have shown, there was no cry, so there was no evident agitation, and therefore no crest was being displayed.

The largest jay listed in Sibley’s is the Brown Jay (Cyanocorax morio). It is said to be 16.5” in length, with a wingspan of 26”. The same source states that the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is 11” in length, with a wingspan of 16”. The Brown Jay, as well as several other jays, are not shown in Sibley’s or the Audubon guide with a crest. The crest is evidently one of the identifying characteristics of the Genus Cyanocitta, which includes as its members the Blue Jay and the Stellar’s Jay.

Thanks for looking! I hope that you feel I've made a worthy contribution to our gallery, and I appreciate your comments!

Regards,
John

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Hi John,

Great capture.
Beautiful colours.Lighting,composition and sharpness are excellent.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-24 11:37]
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Great shot John,
I've been trying all summer to capture a Blue Jay, but they seem to be eluding me for some reason or another.
Wonderful detail and color with perfect exposure. This is a real beauty!! Very informative notes!! TFS.
Ron

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-24 11:57]
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HiJohn. A good close up of the Blue Jay. You were lucky to have your camera at the ready to get this fine one. You have good detail and bright colours. With a good POV/DOF. well done TFS.
Nick..

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