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Bold and Beautiful

Bold and Beautiful
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-25 8:01
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Points: 60
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This Stellar's Jay came to see us as we got out of our truck at Cameron Lake. With blue being my favorite color you can understand why I like this species so much.

Steller's Jay
Cyanocitta stelleri

General Description

By Nora Bryan

This dark iridescent blue cousin of the Blue Jay is a bird of the mountains. In Alberta it lives only in the mountains. It may breed in the southern Rockies around Waterton, and is sometimes seen in Banff and Jasper. It is far more common west of the continental divide, in BC.

Steller's Jays prefer montane coniferous forests above 1200 metres. In winter they might be attracted to feeders in mountain towns, where they share the bold and aggressive habits of their blue-jay cousins.

Like other corvids, the Steller's Jay is an opportunistic feeder. Everything from nestlings to nuts might make a tasty meal. Once emboldened, they will take food scraps readily at campsites.

The bulky nest of twigs, bark and leaves is molded with mud and lined with grass and rootlets. The three to five bluish green eggs are marked with brown. Young are fledged 18 days after an incubation period of 16 days.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-25 8:11]
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Hi Rick,

what a lovely specimen you've caught here, the pose and details of the marking in his feathers are great. Would this be the same bird that Toronto's baseball team is named ofter by any chance??

tfs and have a great weekend,


Stunning photo! Lively colours. Interesting shades of blue. A real “kuifkop”. Just look at the sharpness of the beak. Very sharp.Thank you for sharing. I loved your notes and found it interesting. If you where thinking of returning a smiley to me, sorry you can’t but please have a look at some of these members portfolios. I personally think some of these shots deserve a big smiley and because you cannot award your points to me, (look at my intro page for the reason) you might consider to give them to one of these members beautiful photos. It cannot be missed. Maybe you have seen some of them, maybe not. There are so many but I include only a few links.


Just remember that 2 pairs of eyes, see things totally different, and you might disagree with my choice, and think I am cuckoos. Writing critiques is a learning school for me, and because I am not a photographer I do not see and look for finer details like you guys. So if you received a smiley from me, it is because I just LOVED what I saw, and it is much appreciated.


They are beautiful birds indeed Rick. I wonder if like their cousins, they are "black" in real... I wonder if it's the same light refraction phenomenon that goes on with them too... I also wonder if they can be seen in Quebec. So many questions :)

This is an excellent capture of this beauty. I love this light in its eye, its pose that you captured and those great details. It is beautiful. By looking at the picture again, I guess that this phenomenon of light refraction must also happens with its lower feathers which are very similar to the Blue Jay and its top feathers are black...Ah! Ah! I think I got my own answer ;) Thanks,

Very nice blue color bird!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-25 9:13]

Hello Rick
Very nice capture , I had never seen that bird before.The picture is sharp and I like the details that we get from the blue plumage.Also good POV.
TFS Michel

Hi Rick
This is really beautiful bird which I have on my list for next time visit to America :)
Excellent pose, details and colours are good but I have workshop for you :) I hope you like it :)
TFS / Regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-25 9:23]

Hello Rick,
Great shot of a Stellar's Jay, reminding me of when I saw it in Yosemite NP many years ago. Nice sharpness, colour and composition.
If only I could have taken a shot like this when I was in California!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

really great
and even better with Ralf's workshop

jolie photo mais un peu sombre a mon gout mais ceci est malgré tout une bonne réussite, jolies couleurs de cet oiseau
bravo, merci, amitiès

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-25 10:33]

Hello Rick,
Wonderful capture of this Jay in striking colours. I like the pose which displays its feathers nicely and it has a nice glimpse in its eye! I like the branches in the background too. Excellent composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-05-25 10:45]

Hi Rick
Nice shot of this blue one!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-25 11:02]

Hi Rick,

He is beautiful - I've never seen a Steller Jay. Magnificent colors - I love the blue and black with the little touch of the white of his eye. Marvelous details with his crest, beak, wing patterns and wonderful plummage.


Nice shot. What a beautiful bird. Dont have this species in Illinois, but I wish we did.

Heart-warming picture of a different kind of Jay, Rick. I too get knocked over by blue color. To me, it looks certainly better than the normal Blue Jay.
You got the right pose here; the bird looks beautiful from this perspective.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-25 12:26]

Hi Rick,
Splendid shot of the Stellar's Jay. Lovely blue colour tones and immaculate sharpness. I like your POV and the depiction of the natural environment. Excellent pose. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Rick, what a beauty! excellent work, the jay could not be more so well photographed... I did a workshop.
..Well done my friend!

Hi Rick,
Thta is an excellent shot on the Steller's Jay. It is amazing to see all the shades of blue in that plumage. Nice vibrant color saturation with good sharp detail. Great natural backround.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-25 15:48]

Hello Rick,
What a living colours. I find the photo a bit dark, but further on ... just perfect!

Hi Rick,
Very pretty shot. Nice capture with excellent sharpness and colours. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Rick,
colors wonderful. Details, focus and composition very nice. Eyes contact and BG great also. TFS
well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-25 22:25]

Hello Rick

What a beautiful image of this Stellar's Jay.Well composed in the natural surroundings.The plumage detail is excellent,with great eye contact too.Nicely done.TFS


Hi again Rick ,
great compositon and beautiful colours.
nice sharpness.
well captured.
thanks for sharing

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-26 12:53]

Hi Rick,
this is a new one to me, qwuite interesting fellow with that black head.
Great shot, the POV allows a very nice view of this interesting bird.
PSharpness is excellent and the colors are wonderful.

Hello Rick , excellend color saturation and sharpness also comp. TFS.

Hi Rick
Nice picture. Good detail and the black is good on my laptop

Hi RIck, this is absolutely amazing colour. I have never seen a Stellar Jay before, but with colour like this I hope to some day. Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

Magnifique prise de vue, cet oiseau est extraordinaire.

Hi Rick, :)

Wow! I have never seen this Jay before! He touts an amazing array of blue hues. Excellent capture, fantastic sharpness and detail of his feathers. Love the fir (at least that's what it looks like to me :) he is sitting upon. Lovely image.


Hi Rick!
This bird species is simple amazing! There are not many birds blue coloured in other than tropical regions. And moreover this one is a "punk" ;>
Great DOF and very nice POV. very well done!
Greetings from Poland,

amazing bird, never saw this one before, TFS Ori

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