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Steller's Jay

Steller's Jay
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-01 11:53
Viewed: 2205
Points: 18
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Steller's Jay
Cyanocitta stelleri

Geai de Steller (French)
Chara Crestada (Spanish)

A large, dark jay of evergreen forests in the mountainous West. Stellerís Jays are common in forest wildernesses but are also fixtures of campgrounds, parklands, and backyards, where they are quick to spy bird feeders as well as unattended picnic items. When patrolling the woods, Stellerís Jays stick to the high canopy, but youíll hear their harsh, scolding calls if theyíre nearby. Graceful and almost lazy in flight, they fly with long swoops on their broad, rounded wings.

Cool Facts
*Steller's and Blue jays are the only North American jays with crests. The Blue Jay is expanding its range westward. Where they meet, the two species occasionally interbreed and produce hybrids.
*Stellerís Jays have the dubious honor of being one of the most frequently misspelled names in all of bird watching. Up close, the birdís dazzling mix of azure and blue is certainly stellar, but thatís not how you spell their name. Stellerís Jays were discovered on an Alaskan island in 1741 by Georg Steller, a naturalist on a Russian explorerís ship. When a scientist officially described the species, in 1788, they named it after him Ė along with other discoveries including the Stellerís sea lion and Stellerís Sea-Eagle.
*The Steller's Jay and the Blue Jay are the only New World jays that use mud to build their nests.
*The Steller's Jay shows a great deal of variation in appearance throughout its range, with some populations featuring black crests and backs, and others blue. One black-crested form in southern Mexico is surrounded by eight other blue-crested forms.
*Stellerís Jays are habitual nest-robbers, like many other jay species. Theyíve occasionally been seen attacking and killing small adult birds including a Pygmy Nuthatch and a Dark-eyed Junco.
*An excellent mimic with a large repertoire, the Stellerís Jay can imitate birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, chickens, and some mechanical objects.
*The oldest recorded Stellerís Jay was 16 years 1 month old.


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Hello Manyee,
Nice capture with fine details and excellent sharpness,beautiful composition with lovely natural colours saturation.
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-01 13:34]

Hello Manyee,
Excellent portrait of this Steller's Jay with a very good sharp focus on the head in splendid bright colours and an attractive pose with eye contact.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-01 20:09]
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Hello Manyee,
One of the best closeup shots I have seen of this gorgeous Western US bird. Love the super fine detail and rich colors. Great eye contact and lighting looks perfect. Great job!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-04-01 22:43]

Hello Manyee,
A superb close capture of Steller's Jay that I saw when I visited Yosemite nearly 40 years ago. I wish I could have taken such a photo of it! Great lighting, colours, sharpness and contrast with the leafy BG.
Thanks for sharing this!

Hallo Manyee
Now, this is a great portrait with beautiful details and flashy colours, and wow the blue stripes on the bird's forehead is is really eye-catching. I also like the green leaves that creates not only an ideal backdrop but a natural framing too. The overall colours in the image is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Nice bird taken in a nice background - blue and green - wonderful

照的很清晰 羽毛顏色豔麗

Excellent image with sharp focus and natural colors.


Hello Manyee
Wonderful portrait of this beautiful bird.Excellent choice of POV and composition.wonderful colours and great sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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