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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
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Copyright: Donald Lapointe (hibou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Naturalmente...., Colourful Birds, Birds and Animals in the Snow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-03 10:11
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
You could see this picture in my identification guide
Initiation aux oiseaux du Québec par la couleur

The Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata is a little larger than an American Robin, about 30 cm in length from the tip of its bill to the tip of its tail. The crest, an elongated crown of feathers found in many jays, is raised or lowered according to the bird’s mood. In moments of high excitement and aggression the crest may be fully erected, forming a prominent peak. When the Blue Jay is greatly surprised or excited, the crest points forward. If the bird is frightened, the crest bristles out like a bottle brush. The Blue Jay’s crest position, when erected, is emphasized by a black band that crosses over the back of the head, a continuation of the broad band or necklace across the chest. However, when the bird is feeding among other jays, when it is ready to flee, or when it is quietly resting, the crest is laid flat on top of the head, giving the bird a quite different and somewhat untidy appearance.

During this moulting, or feather-shedding, period Blue Jays may be seen anting, a term referring to a bird using ants or materials that the ants expel from their bodies for preening, or tidying their feathers. Excited anting birds often trip over their own tails in frantic efforts to apply ants with their bill to the underside of their wings. A recent theory suggests that this peculiar behaviour results from skin irritation caused by new feather growth. Possibly ant excretions have a soothing effect on the bird’s skin. Birds have been known to use a wide variety of substitute materials such as fruits, tobacco, mustard, and vinegar for anting.


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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-03 10:25]

Excellent shot, like the point of view and the colours very much. Really an eye catcher. Congratulations Reina

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-03 10:26]

Hello Lapointe!
Lovely capture.Colors,sharpness,POV,clear details,contrast,eyes and composition are wonderful.

Cette photo est stupéfiante, les couleurs, la clarité ... je te félcilite!!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-03 10:54]

Striking pose against the snow Donald!

So clear and well framed. Excellent DOF and POV.

Looks like if I get a snowfall this year, I'll need to put some peanuts out. ;)

Very nice shot!
Thanks for sharing,

Bravo et encore Bravo Donald que pourrions nous dire d'autre ......que merci

Very nice photo. Bird is sharp and in action. Great DOF. Color combination blue/black/white is as good as in Estonian flag.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-12-03 12:05]

Very prety shot, composition, sharpness and colors are perfect. Great portrait in background from snow and clouds. Congratulations .

superbe photo bravo

Très belle photo, très clair et j'adore le contraste du bleu avec le blanc.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-12-03 14:05]

Félicitations Doinald pour cette magnifique photo
Un véritable trophée pour l'excellent photographe que vous êtes. Merci pour cette belle présentation.



Very good shot. Excellent detail. Sharpness is spot on. Stands out welll agains the BG. Nice work. TFS.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-03 14:46]

Excellent detail and colour that brings out the wonderfully colourful marking in wings and tail that thispose shows. Though it is a "butt-shot", due to the action shown and that the head and eye is visible, it only adds to the impact . Very good!

Excellent shot. Colors,sharpness,POV,clear details. EYAL

La neige blanche et le ciel bleu font ressortir la beauté et l'élégance de ce bel oiseau. Cette photo bien cadrée et aux détails bien nets est superbe. Bravo, Donald.
P.S. La note est très intéressante.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2005-12-03 21:03]

Hola Lapointe: el jilguero es un ave que me gusta mucho y creo que los colores azul difuminado y el blanco de la nieve es más que perfecto para captar los detalles muy nitidos de su plumaje, la naturalidad de la composición es excelente: la acción captada y la pose, muy buen momento captado. Sin duda, un favorito. Felicitaciones. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-12-03 23:17]

Excelente fotografia, unos colores muy bellos, quizas un poco saturados para mi gusto pero muy bien realizado. Gran definicion y limpieza y un encuadre muy artistico. La luz es quizas un poco dura, pero es solo una cuestion de gustos.
Gran trabajo.

Salut Donald,
Excellente photo de ce geai bleu.
Celà me fait penser à ma petite histoire de cette semaine...

J'en avais un dans ma mire, mais je devais aller chercher mon appareil photo, comble de malheur pas de carte, cour en bas chercher la carte, je reviens l'oiseau est plus là, 2-3 minutes après je le vois se poser sur une branche sur un arbre très près de ma fenêtre de chambre, je viens pour peser sur le bouton... rien !!! les batteries étaient à plat :-( Tu sais quand tu es pas du... Le lendemain il était encore là mais j'étais pressé...
C'était la première fois que j'en voyais un chez moi...

Bon assez parlé... Ta photo est excellente, les couleurs superbes et le fait que l'oiseau est dans la neige aide énormément à faire ressortir l'oiseau.
Un gros sourire bien mérité pour cette prestation !!!

Lapointe, this is a great photo. Great colours, excellent, a very nice composition. TFS.

Hi Lapointe,
It's a very nice shot. Good exposure and POV.
The colours and DOF are also good. IMO its a bit oversharpen.
Well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-04 18:58]

Bonjour Donald,
En effet il est magnifique votre geai bleue, jolie composition et couleurs vibrantes, félicitations.


Oui, magnifique votre geai bleu, les détails sont nets et précis, les couleurs sont éclatantes, la composition délicieuse. Merci du partage!

Beautiful composition and colours. Great sharpness and I like the POV.

Excellente photo de ce magnifique geai bleu! La couleur et les détails du plumage sont superbes! Belle composition et belle lumière. Bravo!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-07 3:58]

Great shot. I love the colours and composition. You did well in these conditions. I have no more smileys for today, but consider it given. I added your well deserved smiley!

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-20 5:04]
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Bonjour Donald,
Véritablement superbe ! Une merveille de photo à tout point de vue. Mes plus sincères félicitations.

Felicitation Donald
ce geai bleu est d'une beauté rare les couleurs sont éclatantes . les grains de la neige semblent réelles cette photo va se reteouver sur mon écran de veille
Merci er bravo

Just perfect!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-12 14:35]

Hi Donald,

What a beautiful picture, very nicely presented composition and a beautful pose with the Blue Jay sitting on the snow covered branch, superb details and totally stunning colours with all the lovely blue tones.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Donald.Beautiful photo and nice composition. (fantastico)

Hello Donald,
Wonderful intense colors; sky complementing the Blue Jay, sharp focus, good exposure(usually challenging with snow), good composition and POV. A beautiful capture! TFS

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-11-10 6:14]

nice image! great colors.
great moment captured.


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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-08-10 11:29]

Hi Donald,
Well firstly an excellent POV and great sharpness.Usually cold colours but creating a warm image. Brilliant shot and TFS.

Very well captured beautiful bird. Well done. TFS

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