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Garrulus glandarius

Garrulus glandarius
Photo Information
Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-07 9:34
Viewed: 3009
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I like to do photos with birds but my 70-200 mm objective is not long enough for this purpose. Therefore I have to do my best getting as close as possible to the birds. In order to achieve this goal I am going in areas where birds are more or less accustomed with humans. Such a place is the zoological garden from my town.

Despite my efforts no bird wanted to let me come close enough for taking a decent photo. I was somehow disappointed. It was a squirrel moving on the ground when I heard a light noise in the tree, just above me. It was an Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) looking at me from the height of a branch.

I slowly raised my camera towards the bird and took some photos. It seems she curious to find out what the human was doing there. After carefully looking at me she moved one branch higher. I was of no interest for her.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-07 9:40]

Hello Cristian,
nice capture, lovely pose, sharp image with good details, natural colour tones, liked the pov too,
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-07 9:45]

Hi Cristian. You have done well with the lens you had on the camera. You must have been right underthe bird. You have captured good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Ciao Cristian,
bella immagine di ghiandaia, catturata con un'ottima definizione nel suo ambiente naturale, molto bella la composizione con le prospettive diagonali dei rami che incrociano con la ghiandaia, belli e naturali i colori.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-07 12:36]

Hello Cristian,
Though not from a perfect POV, this is otherwise a fine capture of this shy bird, the European Jay, the visible parts being captured with good sharpness. Nice to see the blue pattern on the wing and the eye contact is excellent in this well-composed shot.
Kind regards,

Hello Cristian,

A fine capture of this beautiful crow (in Turk. we say Kestane Kargası) with wonderful details, sharpness, nice DOF/POV and composition.
TFS and cheers,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-07 20:37]

Hi Cristian.
Few days ago I have tried to catch this bird too with my 80-200 mm lens. It is really difficult task. In my case the key weak point was small tree twigs in front of bird. In a word I could not take good shots. Despite the light BG you managed to get nicely exposed shot. I like close-shooting distance too as well as diagonal composition of the image. Bird image is soft a little bit but it is not a point. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-12-07 23:24]

Salut Cristian, felicitari pentru fotografie, gaita este dintotdeauna un subiect frumos si interesant, nu prea usor de pozat.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-08 3:06]

Hello Cristian,
The Jay is pretty hard to get close to here so you're lucky to have got this capture even if the branches are rather dominating. Great focus on the eye and I like the glimpse of the beautiful blue on the wing. I also like the diagonal composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-08 7:41]

Merhaba Cristian!
Bu kestane kargasını alttan bir bakış açısıyla çok güzel kaydetmişsin. Kuş fotoğraflarında göz seviyesinde ve karşıdan çekim idealse de herzaman bu mümkün olmuyor. Buna rağmen bu kare oldukça iyi sayılır. Renkleri ve göz ayrıntıları enfes olmuş.
Emeğine sağlık.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-09 5:43]

Hi Cristian,
Very nice capture.Natural colors,clear eyes,details and compositon are wonderful.Every focal lenghts are short for birding:)
Thanks for posting.

Ciao Cristian, lovely diagonal composition with splendid colorful bird, great sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-14 13:08]

merhaba Cristian
difficult angle and light but good capture of this cute model (Alakarga in Turkish)
i like colours and detail of eye

Hello Cristian

A good close up of this Eurasian Jay.
Very good facial detail and eye catch light,showing the iris and pupil.
Good natural colour.
The plumage detail is well defined.


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