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Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Jay
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-30 10:16
Viewed: 2828
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) 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.
A member of the widespread jay group, and about the size of the Jackdaw, it inhabits mixed woodland, particularly with oaks, and is an habitual acorn hoarder. In recent years, the bird has begun to migrate into urban areas, possibly as a result of continued erosion of its woodland habitat.
Its usual call is the alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the Jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the Jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a Tawny Owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the Jay is a potential prey item for owls at night and other birds of prey such as Goshawks and Peregrines during the day.
Feeding in both trees and on the ground, it takes a wide range of invertebrates including many pest insects, acorns (oak seeds, which it buries for use during winter), beech mast and other seeds, fruits such as blackberries and rowan berries, young birds and eggs and small rodents.
It nests in trees or large shrubs laying usually 46 eggs that hatch after 1619 days and are fledged generally after 2123 days. Both sexes typically feed the young.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-30 10:29]

Hello Mircea,
After a day without electricity I'm back now.
Very beautiful photo of this Eurasian Jay. Great composition, sharpness, eye contact, colours and OOF BG. Beautiful natural environment with OOF BG.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-30 10:40]

Buna Mircea,
Splendida fotografie despre aceasta minunata, la culore, specie, detaliile sunt deosebit de frumoase, claritatea la fel, felicitari!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-30 10:50]

Hi Mircea,
Very beautiful capture of this Eurasian Jay.I liked clear eyes,pose of bird and composition a lot.Excellent work!Thanks for sharing..

Ciao Mircea. Best compliments for this lightning and brigh colours compo. Very good focus and sharp for the cute bird.


Hello Mircea,
It's a kind of shy bird and so it's quite difficult to capture it.
That said it's also very well taken especially in terms of moment and pose.
Furthermore it is well composed.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

Hi Mircea,

Beautiful capture of this pretty looking common Jay in a fine posture with nice blurr contrasting BG.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-30 11:55]

Hello Mircea,
beautiful blue jay shot.The composition is very good ,with lovely well saturated colours.Excellent POV and DOF,the details are crisp and defined.Best regards Siggi

Hello Mircea,
Great capture! Nice composition with this jay in an acrobatic posture. Excellent sharpness. Cheers,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-30 12:47]

Hello Mircea,
European Jays are not easy to capture, but this is a superb photo of one taken from a great lateral POV that shows its features with excellent sharpness and natural colours against a pleasing OOF natural BG. the eye contact and composition are excellent too.
Well done and thanks,
Kind regards,

lovely photo of a bird which is becoming more common here in the UK too.

nice clean, sharp image with good composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-30 15:25]

Hi Radu,a fantastic beauty of nature and a fantastic way to take it! What a colors,sharpness and composition and what a beautiful background too.Maybe the best pic of a day on TN..very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

this is a classic pose, Mircea, very well framed and i love the razor sharp resolution!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-30 22:22]

Foarte fain surprinsa. E o pasare foarte suspicioasa si greu de surprins
Numai bine

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-10-01 0:29]

Beautiful bird, very colorful and good composition and good habitat. tfs.

Ciao Mircea, lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Mircea,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Eurasian Jay. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-02 10:22]

Hello Mircea,
What a wonderful image of this Eurasian Jay. The detail is exceptional and the colors vivid and beautiful. Excellent exposure and nicely composed. Great work!!

hello Mircea
what a lovely capture of this beautiful jay. I also like this crow species very much. great eyes contact, POV and focus. colors also very nice. thanks for sharing, well done.
have a good night

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-10-03 10:56]

Hi Mircea.I have yet to post a picture of a Jay. This is a first class side view. I like the upright look of the bird. From this view we can see the blue feathers.Good natural colours with a shine to the brown eye. TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-10 9:38]

Hello Mircea,
Beautiful species, outstanding image and great notes add up to an excellent posting. Thanks for sharing this superior work Mircea.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-17 10:57]

Hello Mircea,
We've seen several of these in flight today but they're so hard to capture while settled, so you've done very well indeed! I love its pose here and details are pin sharp. Beautiful colours too and a wonderful composition!
TFS and best wioshes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-20 4:57]

Hello Mircea,
A very fine and natural picture of the beautiful Eurasian Jay. The luck was on your side with the bird posed on this old stock and the fine green leaves next to it. Poetical and subtle picture.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-21 2:01]

Hello Mircea,
your bird captures are really outstanding. Very well waited moment ans exciting posing.
This one is very lively eye glance and exciting patches of blue on the wing. Very well detailed and featured.
Skillful work.


bravo, bravo ! congratulations !

Hallo Mircea,
a very beautiful capture of the Eurasian Jay, very good sharpness, marvellous natural colours, a very nice composition with alovely pose of this colourful bird
Best regards

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