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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, ISO 400
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-31 9:10
Viewed: 1369
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata 25-30 cm) near the feeders of the garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata Order PASSERIFORMES - Family CORVIDAE
A familiar sight at bird feeders, the boldly patterned Blue Jay is unmistakable. It is abundant in the East and is extending into the West, using food and shelter provided by humans.
Size: 25-30 cm (10-12 in)
Wingspan: 34-43 cm (13-17 in)
Weight: 70-100 g (2.47-3.53 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes alike.
Very vocal; make a large variety of calls. Most frequent call is a harsh "jeer." Also clear whistled notes and gurgling sounds.
Conservation Status
Breeding Bird Survey data show a slight but significant decline in Blue Jay numbers across the United States, with most of the decline in the East. Some have implicated it in the decline of some Neotropical migrant species because it is a nest predator and prefers forest edges, but little direct evidence has been found.
Other Names
Geai bleu (French)
Cool Facts
Although the migration of Blue Jays is an obvious phenomenon, with thousands moving past some points along the coast, much about it remains a mystery. Some jays are present throughout the winter in all parts of the range. Which jays move and which stay put? Although young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, many adults do migrate. Some individual jays may migrate south in one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. Why do they migrate when they do?
Many people dislike the Blue Jay because it is known to eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds. However, in an extensive study of Blue Jay feeding habits, only 1% of jays had evidence of eggs or birds in their stomachs. Most of the diet was composed of insects and nuts.
The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. It has been suggested that these calls provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or that they are used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.
Tool use in birds is rare. Although no tool use has been reported for wild Blue Jays, captive jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside of their cages.

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  • bigil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 283 W: 38 N: 75] (2536)
  • [2008-07-31 9:16]

Bravo Mario, très bonne précision sur cet oiseaux. Bon contraste avec l'arrière plan. Gilles

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2008-07-31 9:29]

Hi Mario,

Very sharp image! love the colors and the strong blurred background that makes the subject standout.


Hi Mario,
Excellent as always, great composition with good colours and sharpness, I like the lighting on this one and he stands out well from the background.
Well done
Regards ANdy

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-07-31 9:50]

Hi Mario,
Great handling of high lights and low darks, very contrasty and colorful image.
Super sharp as well.

Hi Mario,
Beautiful bird,beautiful composition,very sharp and good bg.
Best regards,

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-07-31 10:35]

ciao mario...bellissimo lavoro...ottimi i dettagli e bellissimo soggetto...bel pov e ottimi colori..

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-07-31 11:33]

Hola MArio,
delicado pov,
buen foco y color...
hermoso trabajo,
el plumaje está perfecto.

Hello ario,

Excellent shot of this lovely blue bird!
Very well done and framed!
Congratulations and TFS,

Bonsoir Mario,
Belle prise de vue de ce geai Bleu ,superbes couleurs et netteté, Excellent POV. et details, belle note sur le sujet , compliments

ohh.. very lovely, Mario.. beautiful Blue Jay again.. i love the sharpness and detail in your bird shot.. excellent work again. tfs..

regards, terry

fabulous colours, Mario!
it's flawless!


Ho Mario,

Nice sharpness and also very nice that detail against the very pleasantly blurred background. I love it!

Greetings, Dennis

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-08-01 3:15]


Quel bel oiseu, la couleur de sa robe est mangigique, bleu-blan-noir-gris, vraiment fantastique, pose sur ce vieux bout de bois, slpendidie.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Mario
Outstanding capture my friend.
Amazing colours and details of this wonderful bird.
Congrats.Thanks for the note.
Friendly greetings

Great blue colours. Nice DOF to make the bird stand out from the BG.
Nice work.

Great image Mario, fantastic details and colours,
my compliments!!! Excellent work!

Beautifully sharp image and wonderfully detailed. We see quite a number of these birds in he winter here in our garden. The dark baackground just makes the colours pop. Great work.

hello Mario,
Wonderful colours and pin sharp details in the feathers.The blurred BG really lends towards this Jay standing out.
As per your usual standard, the detail,colours and compo are excellent.
Lovely post, lots to like here.
have a good weekend Mario,

well, mario...
as always you always comes up with very detailed and clear photos. i really enjoy looking at this bird. the blue feathers, light and dark, are vivid and crisp.
great shot. y2koSan

Hi Mario
Very nice shot,very clear and sharp image,wonderful colours.

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-08-01 17:48]

Hi Mario,
Excellent capture of a Blue Jay. The detail and color in his feathers is very good. The image is sharp and blurred BG looks great. Nice framing work.

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-08-02 7:26]

The range of blues and crispness is perfect. His diagonal stance and slight eye contact is good too. TFs. K2

  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-08-02 7:45]

Hello Mario,
From spetacular «cars» to spetacular «byrds», but allways with a great perfection and astonishing quality. Superb colours and light, and a beautiful capture. What sy more?
Congrats, mb

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  • Ramdan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 688 W: 31 N: 1408] (5765)
  • [2008-08-02 10:54]

Hi Mario,
She really look beautiful with the blue color and fine details of plumage. Great clarity, as you always do.

This is some beautiful bird.

The photo is great, good details and close up.

What I like the most is the bird's natural colours.

They're simply different to all the other ones we can see in our everyday lives.


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-08-03 5:51]

Puits finalement vous avez signalé un de vos oiseaux merveilleux, Mario. Vous savez déjà que je suis un ventilateur énorme des couleurs du « Jay » et sa supercherie. Vous l'avez présenté admirablement avec un tel détail et DOF superbes. Le bravo mon ami et merci.
Amitiés sincères

Hello Mario! Perfect capture. Ideal lightness, brughtness and sharpness. Very good work. Good luck!

Hello Mario

Beautiful visual and coloration of this small one
I am amazed with the quality of the picture and beauty!
Very well done and framed!
Congratulations and TFS,


Hi Mario,
detail, texture and colour really come out well.

Best regards, Daniel

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 51 W: 27 N: 37] (213)
  • [2008-08-09 7:08]

Bonjour Mario
Intéressante mise au point sélective sur ce bel oiseau bleu.
La netteté est très appréciable.

Hello Mario!
Incredible shot, again and wonderful blue little bird!
Perfect detail and clarity!
Best regards!

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