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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/458 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 Points I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-01 12:48
Viewed: 4571
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata Order PASSERIFORMES - Family CORVIDAE

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Full detailed species account
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.

Large songbird.
Crest on head.
Upperparts various shades of blue.

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.

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topConservation 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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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-01 12:57]

Hello Jeanpaul. You have captured a fine close up of this beautiful looking Blue Jay. good detail and natural colours. you have used the sun light so well. TFS.
All the best for 2008

Bonjour Jeanpaul;
Belle composition et couleurs. And nice to see you...been a while. Hope all is well at your camp. And as for the Jay....yes a nuisance but a pretty one yes? There is something special about seeing the colors in the snow...It gives a much flavour to the season..

Bonjour Jean-Paul
elle est superbe cette photo, le geai se détache très bien du background floué, les couleurs sont magnifiques et la lumière excellente, j'aime bien aussi le point de vue 3/4 arrière qui nous permet d'admirer ses magnifiques couleurs,
bravo et bonne année,

Bonsoir Jean Paul,
This one really seems to be enjoying the sun on that branch!
I like the pose got and the nicely blurred background got, that stands out the bird so beautifully.
Wish all the best and a Happy New Year!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-01 15:13]

Hi Jeanpaul,

It's so nice seeing a post from you again. This bluebird looks soooo cold. A beautiful pose on the snowy branch. Nice soft colors and good details of his face, wings, and plummage. A lovely winter setting. I wish you and your family a wonderful 2008.


Bonsoir Jean-Paul,

Ce geai bleu avec ses plumes gonflées pour se protéger du froid est impressionnant. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et couleurs de son plumage. Une belle réussite, je te souhaite à toi et ta famille une Bonne et Heureuse Année 2008.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-01 15:46]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo, delicado pov,
bello foco y color...
Feliz 2008

Bonjour JeanPaul,
Nice to see your posting and sincerely wishing you A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Excellent composition with this beautiful Blue Jay!
perfect sharpness, real colour and details with a good pose!
very well done and a good notes

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-01 17:06]

Hola Juan Pablo.- Muy bella la foto. Hermosos colores en azul. La pose es tambien muy bella.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-01 19:29]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Outstanding beginning to the new year. Wonderful shot. Wish you give us such beautiful images to enjoy throughout 2008, MF. I eagerly look foward to every moment here on TN with you and our entire community.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-01-01 19:35]

Salut JeanPaul,
Quel belle photo! Cette photo est une photo parfaite dans sa composition, détail, couleurs et point de vue.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-01 23:22]

Hi Jean-Paul.
I am glad to see you here at first day of the year. Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family. Wonderful winter shot with beautiful bird and so fine surroundings. I like all: great reproduction of the bird image and very impressive well details BG, extremely nice composition and POV. Bravo and kind regards.

Hello JP,
I like this pose, as he looks so good in side view!
Fine colours and lovely details in the fluffy winter plumage...
And I wish that a HAPPY NEW YEAR will come your way!
Seasonal greetings from a chilly Norway,
Pablo -

Original PoV y hermosos colores los de este pajarillo.
Buena nota y perfecta captura.
Saludos y mis mejores deseos para este nuevo año, JL.

Bonjour Jean-Paul, et tous mes meilleurs voeux pour cette nouvelle année, avec de la Joie, la Paix, et des Photos à nous montrer...
Ce petit oiseau a l'air frigorifié, la tête enfoncée dans les épaules...
Les couleurs sont une grande réussite,
Merci et à bientôt

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  • biero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (12)
  • [2008-01-02 6:12]

Superbe ce jet bleu, il semble faire une pause et réfléchir sur la longueur éventuelle de l'hiver que nous aurons à traverser!
J'en profite Jean Paul pour te souhaiter une très bonne année en 2008.
Beaucoup de santé tout et aussi beaucoup de belles photos à nous montrer.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-02 6:41]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Lovely wintery capture of this Blue Jay at rest on a branch. I like the light and the colours. Great sharpness too in this fine composition.
TFS and all the best wishes for 2008!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-02 10:40]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Excellent light and sharp focus in this photo. Very good details and surroundings. Great DOF and BG.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-02 14:08]

Bonjour Jeanpaul
Très belle prise de ce jay bleu, belle lumière et attitude originale du sujet.
Meilleurs Voeux pour 2008
Amicalement Robi

Hello Jean Paul
How are you? It's nice to see you back again. I love the pose of this Bluejay as he gazes into the sun. The sun on his bright blue feathers is amazing, it brings out such nice vivid colours. Well done.
TFS Janice

salut JeanPaul

belle image du geai bleu, tout d'abord je dois dire que j'aimes
le pov de l'image et la façon dont tu as cadré l'oiseau dans l'image,
il y a une belle douceur dans les couleurs de l'image
et les details de ses ailes et de sa queue sont excellents, TFS


Dear JP,
How wonderful to get connected with you again! Somehow, we lost touch with each other. As a matter of fact, I got off TN track due to my new life scenario in India after coming back from the Middle East.
First of all, let me wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
Coming to your picture, it is once again a very powerful bird shot from you. The perspective is different and the details and colors are exquisite.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-03 7:52]
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Hi JeanPaul

Thanks for sharing this lovely image of the resting Blue Jay and the very interesting notes about the bird. With appreciation for all the other wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year and may there still be loads and loads of the same for the coming year.

As we now have already entered into the New Year...
may it open up more opportunities for you,
lead you unto the path of continued success,
happiness & good health.

Take time to enjoy God's creation and live life to the full.

A wonderful 2008 for YOU and your loved ones.

Best regards

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Il est plaisant de revoir une photo de toi. C'est une très belle perspective de ce bel oiseau avec d'excellents détails, luminosité et pose. Je te souhaite une très bonne année à toi et tes proches!

Nice job on this jay Jeanpaul.
I like the light and color, great detail.
Excellent winter image :)

Hello Jeanpaul,
Haven't seen your new post for a while. Great to see this blue jay for the new year occasion. I was busy for the last few days. Wish you a very Happy New Year.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-04 14:21]

Hello JeanPaul

Another beautiful Blue Jay capture.
The lighting and colours are excellent and the plumage detail is wonderful.
The bird is well placed in the frame and the snow covered branches make a lovely natural setting for the shot.
Nicely done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-04 19:20]

Hello JeanPaul.
The colors, sharpness and beautiful composition are superb. He is all fluffed up against the cold. Thanks JeanPaul.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-04 20:23]

Bien vu et bien fait ! Merci Jeanpaul pour cette bele réussite, la pose, les détails très nets et les couleurs sont supers. Bravo et merci !


Bonjour Jean-Paul !
C'est vraiment un oiseau magnifique, j'dore ses belles couleurs bleues. J'aime bien cette lumière qui vient du côté droit de la photo et qui illumine l'oiseau. Jolis détails, belle composition, couleurs naturelles, et un joli POB qui nous permet d'admirer les plumes de son dos. Félicitations !

Hello Jeanpaul,

This is a new bird for me. You have captured it with fine detail of colour, pattern and texture ... I think I would recognise it if I saw it! It is posing for you beautifully!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your comments on 'The King's Cure-all'.

Love this POV - wonderful lighting, great color. A lovely shot! :)

Hi Jeanpaul, splendid bird with wonderful colors, excellent details and great sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Jean Paul lovely feather detail and composition, I like the snow in the environment makes a pleasing photo. Good colours, tfs rgds Necip.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-06 7:05]

Salut Jean Paul
Belle composition.Image nette avec de beau détails.La lumiere est excellente.
Bravo Michel

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-06 7:42]

Hi Jeanpaul

Lovely shot. The light is beautiful, especially the way it is catching the eye. Lovely sharp details caught and the composition is lovely. It makes a very attractive shot



Hello Jeanpaul
Excellent shot of this Blue Jay,
Perfect pose,exposure and composition,
Superb shot.

Best wishes for 2008 :o)

Hello Jean Paul,
Excellent close up of the Blue Jay.
Good sharpness and details.
Seems like it is enjoying the sun in the winter. Liked the way you have captured it in good light and with snow on the branch.
Excellent composition. Thanks for the share,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-01-10 10:42]

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
It looks like it is realy cold in Canada because this blue jay is all fluffed up and enjoying the sunlight.
Very good sharpness and beautiful colours
TFS and all the best for 2008 to you and your family

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Quel beau geai bleu, ilest magnifique avec le lumière dasn l'oeil, tout gonflé par le froid, une très très belel photo de cette oiseua populaire sur TN, très très bien réussi.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-01 1:05]

Bonjour Jean Paul,
Light, composition, details, and the pose you captured are very nice. Merci

Bonjour Jean,
THe warmth of this picture is very inviting as the subject shows it's contentment in the warm rays of the sun. Great capture! TFS :)

Hi Jean,

Beautifull image, fine lights.


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