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A Blue Jay 8
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8.6, 1/450 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !BJ ..., Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-20 17:43
Viewed: 3802
Points: 62
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Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Status: Rare winter resident.

General Description

North American RangeBlue Jays are expanding their range into Washington. These birds have bright, colorful, contrasting plumage. The back is mostly blue, and the underside is mostly white or light gray. The Blue Jay has a white face and throat, with a black necklace extending up to the base of its blue crest. Its blue wings are barred with black. It has one white wing-bar on each wing and white tips on the inner trailing edges of its wings. The Blue Jay also has a white edge at the end of its tail. Juveniles look similar to adults.

Blue Jays are most often found in deciduous or mixed woods in suburban and park-like areas. They tend to avoid pure conifer stands and deep forest, preferring edge habitats.
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Blue Jays live in loosely organized flocks and defend only the nest site, not traditional territories. When they are raising young or robbing nests, they are very quiet and inconspicuous. These intelligent and opportunistic birds are quick to take advantage of new food sources including bird feeders, where they may become aggressive and exclude other birds. They cache extra acorns in holes in the ground, and pound on hard nuts with their bills to break them open. They forage at various heights, from the ground into the trees. Blue Jays are highly vocal outside of the nesting season. They have a wide repertoire of musical vocalizations and can mimic Red-tailed Hawks well.
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Omnivores, Blue Jays will eat almost anything. Nuts, seeds, and other vegetable matter make up the majority of their diet, but they also eat eggs and nestlings, invertebrates, small rodents, frogs, and carrion.

Blue Jays form monogamous pairs and stay together year round. They typically nest in a horizontal fork or vertical crotch of a tree. Both members of the pair help build the nest. The nest is a bulky cup made of twigs torn from live trees, grass, moss, bark, lichen, and leaves, sometimes held together with mud. The nest is usually lined with rootlets and other fine debris, and is often decorated on the outside with paper, string, or other light-colored material. The female typically incubates 4-6 eggs for 17-18 days. Both members of the pair feed the young, which leave the nest at 17-21 days and spend their first few days out of the nest in nearby branches before fledging.

Migration Status
Blue Jays are year-round residents across most of their range, but some northern birds do migrate south in the fall. Their migration pattern is not well understood.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-20 17:53]
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Hi JeanPaul,
Amazing sharpness and color on this well composed posting. Great job again JeanPaul.

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  • stevkds Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 275 W: 11 N: 411] (1811)
  • [2007-01-20 17:53]
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Hi Jeanpaul. Amazing photo. Excellent coloured presentation. Very pure and sharp shot. Very well done. TFS. Stefan

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-20 18:07]

Another of your great shots Jeanpaul. I like the sharpness, colours and composition. TFS

Hello Jeanpaul,
Another beautiful presentation of the Blue Jay, is this the 8th?
I like so much details got, colors on the feathers are just wonderful, and texture on the beak and legs are great.
I like also the soft background.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

This one is really sharp Jean Paul! I know I couldn't get close enough to get such a good image...especially if I had to crop it. Do you crop your shots? How close do you get to the birds? This is beautiful.

Evelynn : )

Hello Jean Paul
Very cute capture of this Bluejay crouching on the branch. The colors turned out well, nicely composed with fine details.
TFS Janice

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-20 19:56]

Bonsoir JP!
Bravo pour les détails et la qualité d'image. J'aime bien la belle lumière.

hi jean paul,
another lovely shot,
excellent sharpness,
lovely colours,
nice pov, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-01-20 23:02]

Beautiful shot ,with excellent details..

wonderful photo, nice shot this bird, excelent sharpnes, and all composition :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-20 23:43]

Hello Jeanpaul

Another beautiful blue jay shot.The composition is very good ,with lovely well saturated colours.Excellent POV and DOF,the details are crisp and defined.TFS


Hi my dearfriend jeanpaul ,
excellent and lovely shot.
i like shrpness in all of your shots.
excellent composed and amazing colors.
thanks dear jeanpaul ,
best wishes

Hi Jeanpaul, wonderful bird, great sharpness, lovely pose, splendid colors, very well done, have a nice sunday, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-21 4:34]

Hello JeanPaul,
Another excellent presentation of the Blue Jay from you. This time the best features are the sharpness and DOF, the BG and the lighting from below. (reflction from the snow?)
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

bonjour JP
celui-la c'est le numero combien pour la journée.
comme les autres!!!!!!!genial.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-21 5:12]
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Hello JeanPaul,
This is a brilliant shot, very sharp and beautiful colours. How did you achieve this lighting from below? It looks fabulous but I'm a bit puzzled. Beautiful composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

A very good image.
Nice portrait!
Good lighting.
I adore this semi blurred background; busy but beautiful!

Hi Jeanpaul,
Another beautiful capture of the bluejay.
I like the colors,details and sharpness alot.
Well done.

hi jeanpaul!
very beautiful in a real nice light
sharp with good pov and dof
well done!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-21 9:07]

Hermosa foto, y genial encuadre, perfecto detalles del plumaje, saludos Jeanpaul.

Hello JP,

Excllent work, Great colors Bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

Another lovable capture of a Blue Jay, JP. The bird seems to be lit up from below and this lends a fine touch to this beautiful picture.
Superb POV, DOF and beautiful colors.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-21 11:43]

Hi Jeanpaul

You always have such beautiful bird photos. The colours, BG and composition always show the bird off really well. Great POV and sharp details as ever



bonjour jeanpaul

encore une fois parfait très belle couleurs superbement bien cadrée bravo


Hi JeanPaul,
A perfect shot on this Blue Jay. The light is soft and beautiful. You have captured the colors in the plumage perfecty in very sharp detail. Overall composition and framing look great!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-22 1:30]

bonjour Jean Paul,
cet oiseau est particulièrement difficile a approché et toi tu l'as plein cadre, bravo. Une netteté impeccable et de jolies couleurs.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-22 8:55]

No hay mucho que agregar JP sobre la continuación de esta secuencia de maravillosas imágenes de esta especie tan bien retratadas por ti como en este caso, con la calidad técnica y la estética acostumbrada.
Cordialmente... Ricardo

Il n'y est pas beaucoup ajouter JP sur la continuation de cette séquence de merveilleuses images de cette espèce si bien portraiturées par toi comme dans ce cas, avec la qualité technique et l'esthétique habituée.
Cordialement... Ricardo

Salut JP,
A wonderful photo again. The lighting in the BG is especially to my pleasing, and also how it lighted up the bottom of the bird. Details, colors, sharpness and compostion are excellent, as always.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-23 10:07]

Another beauty caught in an excellent picture!
I should like to know how do you do to capture so many birdies, in so wonderful photos! A lot of patience and a lot of walking I guess.
You are fortunate and I love you are.
Thank you very much for all your lovely postings.
Best wishes

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce geai bleu sur la branche, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Jean-Paul,
I like Your old photos also, so I hope You don't mind if I sometimes choose an oldie to comment. This photo's excellent, composition-, sharpness- and also color-wise + beautiful playing with lights and shadows. The whole has a soft warm tone which makes the image very pleasant to look at. A fantastic masterpiece. Bravo mon ami.
Friendly regards, merci du partager, László

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