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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): NATURE'S BEST [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-30 15:14
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Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another shot of my blue friends in the garden ! :-)

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata Order PASSERIFORMES - Family CORVIDAE

A familiar sight at bird feeders, the boldly patterned Blue Jay is unmistakable. It is abundant in the East and is extending into the West, using food and shelter provided by humans.

Size: 25-30 cm (10-12 in)
Wingspan: 34-43 cm (13-17 in)
Weight: 70-100 g (2.47-3.53 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes alike.

Very vocal; make a large variety of calls. Most frequent call is a harsh "jeer." Also clear whistled notes and gurgling sounds.

Conservation Status
Breeding Bird Survey data show a slight but significant decline in Blue Jay numbers across the United States, with most of the decline in the East. Some have implicated it in the decline of some Neotropical migrant species because it is a nest predator and prefers forest edges, but little direct evidence has been found.

Other Names
Geai bleu (French)

Cool Facts

Although the migration of Blue Jays is an obvious phenomenon, with thousands moving past some points along the coast, much about it remains a mystery. Some jays are present throughout the winter in all parts of the range. Which jays move and which stay put? Although young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, many adults do migrate. Some individual jays may migrate south in one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. Why do they migrate when they do?

Many people dislike the Blue Jay because it is known to eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds. However, in an extensive study of Blue Jay feeding habits, only 1% of jays had evidence of eggs or birds in their stomachs. Most of the diet was composed of insects and nuts.

The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. It has been suggested that these calls provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or that they are used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.

Tool use in birds is rare. Although no tool use has been reported for wild Blue Jays, captive jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside of their cages

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Beautiful color and gorgeous sharp details on this beautiful bird. Love the pov. TFS

Hi Mario.


jean paul

Hi Mario,
What a beauty!!!
The pose is so good, imposing, and that lighting makes the bird looks gorgeous!
I like so much the composition and the bokeh got.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-30 17:22]

Mario, a blue beauty.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. I enjoy exposure too.

Lovely catchlight and dof.

Another excellent job.

Hi Mario,
this is a fine looking shot of this Blue Jay you have uploaded today.Hard to believe but Jays are birds I'm not fond of, but your photo makes me see how lovely it is.Excellent details,colour and focus with an uncluttered background put this photo across very well:I thank you for giving us a look.I am not fond of these birds because they attack hummingbirds and are obnoxious in their behavior. Bob

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-30 17:54]

Hola Mario,
bella obra de arte,
color,foco y pose magníficos...
bonita composición,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-09-30 18:30]

Hi Mario,
I still don't have a good Jay shot. This one is excellent! If those guys ever come around my place on a regular basis, I think I'll have to take the time to pull the camera out. Real pretty shot here!

bonjour Mario

tu es dans mes photographes favoris
et parmi les favoris tu es un des favoris
et à chaque fois que je viens dans TN,
arrivé à ton tour (je fais le tour de mes photographes favoris)
j'ai hâte de voir quelle est la prochaine superbe photo venant de toi

quelle belle photo, par, tout d'abord son cadrage, j'aime vraiment
cette espace devant ce geai bleu, ensuite par la netteté et les détails
de l'oiseau, et pour terminer par sa pose et par le background



Perfect pose, good background. Wonderful capture of a very noisy bird :)

excelent capture, and composition, and color and photo is great;-)

Nice picture of Blue Jay.There are blue tint on the rock.Is it original?

hello mario,
lovely portrait of the blue jay, looks like its a paid model posing for you, nice composition, lovely colours, excellent lighting,
well done,
tfs & regards

Ohh!! nice to see this bird from your place. In our country the Blue jay(it called Indian roller too here) looks different.I'll try to post the image soon.

Thanks for showing


hello mario
quelle merveille , ce bleu est exceptionnel, belle présentation, super BG bien flou
bravo et merci a toi du partage

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-10-01 1:28]

Salut Mario,
Quelle belle Photo. Pas facile de photographier de si près le geai bleu. Beau BG et belles couleurs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-01 1:34]

Hello Mario,
Great portrait of this Blue Jay. Very blue, because even the wood is a bit blue. Perfect sharpness and pose. A good composition.

Hola Mario
Un gran retrato el que nos muestras, quizás ese fondo no le viene muy bien al ave por tener unos fondos muy claros, pero si no se puede hacer nada un destello de flash de relleno le hubiera venido muy bien.
No osbstante es un gran retrato.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-01 3:00]

Hi Mario

What a charming and impeccable shot of this lovely blue jay!
I really like everything about this shot: the perfect exposure that you managed here, the natural yet very nicely saturated colors, the superb sharpness of the entire bird and the perfect DOF that you used to isolate the bird from the BG completely.
All-in-all: a splendid job in every way!

Bravo and TFS

Bonjour Mario,

Une bonne prise de vue de ce geai bleu, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hi Mario,
Excellent shot on Mr. Jay here. Vibrant colors and sharp detail from your spot on exposure. Nice soft light. Looks great!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-01 5:01]

Salut Mario,
Superbe geai bleu! J'aime bien cette lumière naturelle, la netteté et les détails sont parfaits.
Beau travail.

Not sure how I missed this one. I do know the Jay well and it is depicted here as I remember so well. The colors are divine..
Les images du vôtre très beau. J'aime le secteur de Québec.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-01 8:02]

Salut Mario
Excellente image de ce Jet.Belle couleurs et bon details.J'aime bien la combinaison de couleurs l'arriere plan et sujet.
A bientot Michel

Hermosos colores los de este precioso ave.
Bellos tonos y delicados detalles muy bien reflejados en esta fotografía.
Excelente nota. Saludos, JL.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-01 9:30]

Hi Mario,

I'll trade you one bobcat for one bluejay . Seriously, they are beautiful birds and this is a wonderful presentation. The pose is so stately and elegant. Wonderful colors, fine detail, and a pleasing background.


Salut Mario,
WOW ce Gai Bleu pose fièrement! Superbes détails et des couleurs à faire rêver ceux qui n'ont pas de ces magnifiques oiseaux près de chez-eux... À bientôt,


Hi Mario,
Love this shot of the beautfiul blue jay. I love them I think they are so pretty! I remember my Granddad hated them though because he said they make too much noise...:o)
Beautfiul close up shot, TFS

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-10-03 17:33]

Salut Mario,
Superbe prise, les qualificatifs ont pas mal tous été utilisés... et c'est bien mérité Bravo !

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