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Plush-crested Jay

Plush-crested Jay
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 11:30
Viewed: 5401
Points: 38
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Sometimes the surroundings is as beautiful as the bird itself. Between these hanging lichens is again a bird witch is NEW FOR TN: The Plush-crested Jay. I have a more close-up photo of this Jay. Maybe I bring it later on.
I took this photo when we were walking back from the Waterfalls on the Argentina side.

The Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops) is a jay of the Corvidae family, which includes the crows and their many allies. It is found in central-southern South America in southwestern Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northeastern Argentina, including southern regions of the Amazon Basin river systems, bordering the Pantanal.

This is an elegant medium sized bird (34 cm), dark plumaged with a cream-yellow breast; the bulky tail is also cream colored, top and underneath, for the lower half.

Southern Brazil--Pantanal to Amazon Basin, south
The range of the Plush-crested Jay extends from the Southern Region, Brazil with Uruguay and approaches the South Atlantic coast, but avoids the coast, approximating a 400 to 150 km coastal strip; the coastal-inland range extends 3500 km from Săo Paulo south to Rio Grande do Sul bordering Uruguay. The inland range continues in northwestern Uruguay and extends northwest through northern Argentina, Paraguay-Bolivia, and through the Pantanal at the southern cerrado; the range extends in two arms, to the northwest to northern Bolivia, and northeastwards to headwaters of the Amazon Basin Tapajós River.
In the Amazon Basin, central Bolivia is the northwest range limit, the headwater tributaries to the north-northeast flowing Madeira River; the next range skips the Guapore River, (a northwest-flowing tributary to the Madeira), eastwards on the Brazil-Bolivia border, and is next found at the headwaters of the Tapajós River, and joins on the east the extreme headwaters of the Xingu River.
A disjunct range occurs downstream on the Tapajós and east towards the Xingu River, a block 850 km by 750 km. Two other localized populations occur in the Amazon Basin, one on the Amazon River, the other on the downstream Madeira River.

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Hi Peter, great composition with lovely bird, splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-30 13:11]

Hi Peter. once again a fantastic looking bird in a beautiful setting. it has very nice colours and markings which you have captured so well.i like the blue over the eye . well done TFS. great notes too.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-30 13:12]

Hello Peter,
I agree: here you have a fine image of both the Plush-crested Jay and the epiphytic vegetation covering the branches of the tree that it is in, most of the epiphytes being lichens.
Beautifully composed image with good sharpness and colours.
Thanks for sharing it,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-30 13:34]

Hi Peter

Great habitat shot and superb bird - the two make an excellent composition. Great exposure too.



Hello Peter, excellent focus on the bird with interesting environment. Well composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-30 17:27]

Hi Peter,

Lovely composition, this jay is so colourful that even in a wide environment he still stands out. Beautiful vivid colours on the bird with an excellent capture of the eye. Well done!


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-01-30 20:26]

Hi Peter
Wonderful capture of this plush crested jay
in his natural environment
Fine detail and nice color
tfs jon

very nice to see this bird in its habitat, greetings Ori

Cool birdie Peter,
I do like the environment that you've captured the bird in also..
Nice detail and colors with a good POV of this beautiful jay :)

I agree that the surroundings are important to the photo. Beautiful bird can't be overlooked though. Nice shot/composition.

Hello Peter,
what a beautiful bird. Its capture very nice. focus, POV and colors very nice. Long lichens great for composition. good and informative notes. TFS, well done
:) be back

Hi Peter,

I certainly hadn't heard of this bird, so thanks for bringing to us, and thanks for such a good picture to look at.

I like the fact that you haven't cropped to close ans it's nice sometimes to see something of the bird's environment. It's an amazing looking bird.


Hi Peter,
Merci de nous faire découvrir cet espčce inconnue ici, trčs belles couleurs.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-01 8:30]

Impressive shot,Peter!
Colors,sharpness and details are great! TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-02 8:20]

Hi Peter.
Amazing bird (I have never seen this species before) and so fine scenery. Both are reflected with great taste and skill. Great composition, terrific details of all attractive nature objects, DOF is selected very well. Color palette is so delicate and pleasant for look. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 20:16]

Hello Peter

I don't know how you keep finding such a variety of beautiful and exotic birds to present to us daily.
This is a beauty.The colours are rich and the natural setting you have captured it in is wonderful.
Nicely composed with lovely sharpness and focus.
Well done


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-04 1:44]

Hi Peter,
What a good looking bird, it has charming colors. I liked the composition showing its habitat. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-06 8:01]

Hello Peter, what a fine bird ! Great composition, very good composition and very good sharpness, thanks!


Hello Peter

Very beautiful photo of this species of exotic Jay,
very fine POV and framing, on this photo I love that
with the bird I also see his environment, TFS


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