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Bold and Beautiful (60)
|This Stellar's Jay came to see us as we got out of our truck at Cameron Lake. With blue being my favorite color you can understand why I like this species so much.|
By Nora Bryan
This dark iridescent blue cousin of the Blue Jay is a bird of the mountains. In Alberta it lives only in the mountains. It may breed in the southern Rockies around Waterton, and is sometimes seen in Banff and Jasper. It is far more common west of the continental divide, in BC.
Steller's Jays prefer montane coniferous forests above 1200 metres. In winter they might be attracted to feeders in mountain towns, where they share the bold and aggressive habits of their blue-jay cousins.
Like other corvids, the Steller's Jay is an opportunistic feeder. Everything from nestlings to nuts might make a tasty meal. Once emboldened, they will take food scraps readily at campsites.
The bulky nest of twigs, bark and leaves is molded with mud and lined with grass and rootlets. The three to five bluish green eggs are marked with brown. Young are fledged 18 days after an incubation period of 16 days.
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|Hello Rick, what a beauty! excellent work, the Jay could not be more so well photographed... the collor are great, I hope you don't mind, I did a workshop and brighten up the overall picture, the shadows and highlights, I sharpened a bit too.|
..Well done my friend!
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