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Springtime in the Urban Jungle

Springtime in the Urban Jungle
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 2:31
Viewed: 2204
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The colouration of Blue Jays is not derived by pigments, but is the result of light refraction due to the internal structure of the feathers. This is known as structural colouration. When Blue Jay feathers are crushed, the blue disappears as the structure is destroyed.

Blue Jays have adapted well to the urban environment. The birds are cagey and extremely alert. This one I dubbed Ms Bathsheba Blue-Jay, as she came to take a bath in the clean drinking water I had put out for birds and squirrels. Yes, this is in the city ( Calgary, Alberta ) ... in the Foothills of the Rockies.

Blue Jay; Cyanocitta cristata
Identification Tips:

Length: 10 inches / 25 cm
Black sturdy bill
Blue crest and upperparts
Black eyeline and breastband
Greyish-white throat and underparts
Bright blue wings with black bars and white patches
Long blue tail with black bars and white corners
Dark legs
Migrates during the day in small flocks ;
and loves to take a bath ...

For my Dutch & Flemish friends I add that the Jay is the "Gaai", as in Vlaamse Gaai. All are in the Corvidae groupo < Crows et al >.

See more at "Wiki"
as well as "http://aves.net/birds-of-ohio/birdbjay.htm"> here

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
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Merhaba Jay;
Eline sağlık, güzel bir kare...selamlar

Hello Jay,
This is a nice capture of this Blue Jay but I think that what is missing is this little light in its eye. It seems that the sun wasn't really on the right side. It is a nice POV though with good composition. Thanks,
Intersting notes ;)

Hi Jay. Very good photo of this bird, possibly named after yourself? Excellent colours and clarity. If you have a larger original version still, it may be worth trying another crop to include the whole basin, as it may improve the balance. Beautiful bird well taken. Murray.

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