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Caterpillar for dinner

Caterpillar for dinner
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-04-25 12:58
Viewed: 3635
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Like our friend Özgür Koçak, this jay likes caterpillars! I observed this handsome bird a while and he could find so many preys in a short time... but, sorry Özgür, to eat them.
Photo taken in the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite in Pythagorio, on Samos island.

The caterpillar is Shargacucullia verbasci (Linnaeus, 1758), a Noctuidae, if I’m not wrong. On the workshop, details on the head and the prey.

Garrulus glandarius Linnaeus, 1758
Family : Corvidae
Common names : Eurasian Jay [En], Geai des chênes [Fr], Bayağı alakarga [Tu], Ghiandaia [It] , Arrendajo, Gayo [Sp]

The Eurasian Jay is a species of bird occurring over a vast region from Western Europe and north-west Africa to the eastern seaboard of Asia and down into south-east Asia. Across its vast range, several very distinct racial forms have evolved to look very different from each other, especially when forms at the extremes of its range are compared.

Eight racial groups (33 subspecies in total) are recognised by Madge & Burn (1994):
- the nominate group (nine European races), with a streaked crown.
- the cervicalis group (three races in North Africa), with a rufous nape, grey mantle, very pale head sides, and a streaked or black crown.
- the atricapillus group (four races in Middle East, Crimea & Turkey), with a uniform mantle & nape, black crown and very pale face.
- the race hyrcanus (Caspian forests of Iran), small with black forecrown and broadly-streaked hindcrown.
- the brandtii group (four races in Siberia and northern Japan), with a streaked crown, reddish head, dark iris and grey mantle.
- the leucotis group (two races in south-east Asia), with no white in the wing, a white forecrown, black hindcrown and much white on the sides of the head.
- the bispecularis group (six races in the Himalayan region), with an unstreaked rufous crown, and no white wing-patch.
- the japonicus group (four races in the southern Japanese islands), with a large white wing-patch, blackish face and scaled crown.

This ‘black-capped’ jay or Garrulus glandarius samios (Kleiner, 1940) is distributed in Samos and Ikaria islands of Aegean Sea, Greece. It is part of the agricapillus group (samios, anatoliae, iphigenia, krynicki, atricapillus).

Madge S. & Burn H. (1999), Crows and Jays, Helm Identification Guides ISBN 978-0713652079.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-04-25 13:07]

Hi Catherine. One of the first things i like about this picture is the warm colours. This is a bird i have yet to capture . We have them nere to my work but no luck so far. I like the side POV so we can see the blue in the wing tips. Great detail with good use of the light. All with interesting notes. Well taken TFS.

Have a nice week ahead

Ciao Catherine, lovely bird and poor caterpillar, beautiful capture with fine details, splendid sharpness and fantastic warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Catherine,
quelle fantastique photo de ce beau oiseau avec une chenille serrée dans le bec, très bonne netteté et splendides couleurs, très jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Je te souhaite une bonne nuit
Ciao Maurizio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-04-25 14:46]

Hello Catherine,
Very good picture with great sharpness and wonderful colours.Well done!TFS and regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-26 2:32]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une image vivante comme je les aime et en plus nous avons toutes les précisions sur le sujet (même la chenille:-). Image naturelle aussi qui nous montre l'environnement de l'oiseau. Tout à fait ce qui devrait être présenté sur ce site.
Bonne semaine

Ciao Catherine. Perfect POV to exalt the dephting. Razor detaila and sharp wit exciting warm lightning BG. Best compliments!


Now I understand why I couldnt find my lovely caterpilars easily.
Good capture and thanks also for the close up workshop.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-04-29 8:44]

Excellent catch: for you and for the jay.



Hi catherine,
perfect time,
nice species.

Hi dear,

I just love the pose of this beauty and the way you captured it! cute... It is a lovely moment shared with us.
tFS and have a nice birthday party with Murdoc!
Sevgiyle kal canim arkadasim:)


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-09 7:44]

Bonjour Catherine,

Voici une bien belle photo de geai... à table!
Belle réussite!

merci de ce partage


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