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Scrub Jay

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 3 March 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

(Some people have expressed an interest in the original files that I Auto-Blended for the post yesterday. If you send me your email address, I will send you the originals; you will be amazed at what the software can do.)


Taken in our backyard this past weekend. It was shot through the glass patio slider.

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NIKON D80 1/60 second F/6.3 ISO 400 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Cute little bird. Fantastic capture

3 Mar 2009 5:25am

@Hema Iyer: What made me post it was the out of focus bird house in the background.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

A beautiful capture Jack! What kind of a bird is this?

3 Mar 2009 5:26am

@bluechameleon: Scrub Jay.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Uh...never mind...I just read the title! Colour me turning purple ;)

3 Mar 2009 5:27am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

That's a colorful bird, beautiful! You did a great job shooting this from behind a window and the composition is great.

3 Mar 2009 5:40am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

I have never seen this bird, the colors are so beautiful, nice shot!!

3 Mar 2009 6:02am

@Yvonne S.: They are all over the place around here. The birds are starting to come out in droves. It's difficult to keep the feeders and suet supplied.

Didier from somewhere, France

Very nice shot

3 Mar 2009 6:07am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Fantastic capture. Love the sharpness and colours.

3 Mar 2009 6:11am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

extraordinaire ! ............ +++++++++++++++++++++

3 Mar 2009 6:15am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

I know blue jay but not this variety... good capture

3 Mar 2009 6:27am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

That really is incredible...so sharp you could have been standing right there!!! Marvelous!!

3 Mar 2009 6:44am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe profondeur de champ !

3 Mar 2009 6:55am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Really beautiful blue bird ! Nice shot !

3 Mar 2009 6:56am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Goodness, he's gorgeous. I've seen Steller Jay's down here but never one like this. Great capture.

3 Mar 2009 7:20am

Martine from Brest, France

Superbe ! J'aime beaucoup photographier les oiseaux.

3 Mar 2009 7:39am

MrsAmber from London, United Kingdom

It's not often I go 'Oooo' as the picture unfolds on my computer screen...this was one of those moments! A really good shot which I like very much!

3 Mar 2009 7:44am

Vink from Grasse, France

Excellent play of colours ! Beautiful !

3 Mar 2009 8:00am

k@ from Paris, France

He seems so proud ! (maybe because he met you ? :) Love his blue

3 Mar 2009 8:12am

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Beautiful capture!

3 Mar 2009 8:21am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent capture!

3 Mar 2009 9:56am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Beautiful bird, amazing blue!

3 Mar 2009 10:20am

BoB from Milano, Italy

what a beautiful bird, amazing colours

3 Mar 2009 10:21am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A brilliant capture !!

3 Mar 2009 10:27am

Ninni from Brazil

A bird I´ve never seen before! Lovely! A really good shot!

3 Mar 2009 11:23am

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great capture! These are beautiful birds.

3 Mar 2009 11:29am

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

What a beautiful portrait of this magnificent little Scrub Jay. The pose is perfectly captured, and the plumage simply exquisite. Awesome, Jack

3 Mar 2009 11:40am

Veronelle from Lens, France

amazing and beautifull bird

3 Mar 2009 12:18pm

Christmanimages from Collegeville, United States

Awesome capture john4jack! Is really beautiful.

3 Mar 2009 12:21pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

This is a five stars photograf. Congratulations.

3 Mar 2009 12:23pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Great job. Excellent colours and exposure.

3 Mar 2009 12:42pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture and beautiful colors

3 Mar 2009 12:57pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Très joli ... cette tâche bleu et blanche sur ce vert intense

3 Mar 2009 12:58pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

So nice!

3 Mar 2009 2:13pm

Cricket-Tammy from United States

So sweet and pretty. I love this image.

3 Mar 2009 2:50pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Vibrant!!! And a beautiful bird. Love how you've captured it.

3 Mar 2009 3:03pm

Don from spokane, United States

What a fine close up of this colorful bird. I have trouble figuring out what the different birds are. Fine image.

3 Mar 2009 3:29pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Perfect in every way!

3 Mar 2009 3:47pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

I love it!

3 Mar 2009 4:31pm

Beat from Switzerland

A fine shot with beutifull colors!

3 Mar 2009 4:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous shot. Those colors really pop.

3 Mar 2009 4:39pm

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

Fantastic color, I love the blue.

3 Mar 2009 5:41pm

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Awesome capture! This makes a wonderful nature shot.

3 Mar 2009 6:42pm

lydia from Paris, France

Wow , the colors are fantastic !! Great shot !

3 Mar 2009 7:28pm

Stephanie from Toronto, Canada

What a beautiful capture! The colours and the detail are incredible!

3 Mar 2009 7:50pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Beautiful blue! We have blue jays here, but not this kind - nice bird portrait.

3 Mar 2009 8:07pm

zOOm from Paris, France

What a great attitude he has... looking around, no danger... Superb blue feathered bird indeed. A great catch Jack !

3 Mar 2009 8:09pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Perfect shot of this little beauty!!! Wonderful work, Jack!!

3 Mar 2009 8:51pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

the colors of the bird and the background are great, lichen contrast with the blue of this bird. Is a composition so colorful, well done John.

3 Mar 2009 9:28pm

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

well captured

3 Mar 2009 9:28pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

The sharpening seems to have skewed the DOF slightly, but the bird is PERFECT!
I love the colors!

3 Mar 2009 10:09pm

@Judy: The only things that should be sharp are the bird and the portion of the limb on which he is standing. All the rest should have varying degrees of blur.

Denise from Perry, United States

Fantastic colors! Makes me yearn for summer.

4 Mar 2009 1:56am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

as you have probably noticed from my sho=ts blue is one of my favorite colors, and the blues n this bird are sweet, superb capture

4 Mar 2009 2:27am

Jen from St. George, United States

Fabulous photo!! The colors are so rich, and I absolutely LOVE the blurred birdhouse in the background!

4 Mar 2009 2:46am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Fabulous capture, Jack! We have Blue Jays, but I've never seen a Scrub Jay. Very pretty.

4 Mar 2009 2:50am

Barry from Kingwood, United States

Rich & Crystal clear....Could'nt be any better.

4 Mar 2009 4:33am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

WONDERFUL!!! Love the dof... and that birdhouse in the background is the piece de resistance!

4 Mar 2009 4:53am

@amy: You nailed it with the birdhouse; that's the reason for the post.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

fabulous shot the glass must be clean!!!

4 Mar 2009 6:16am

@jamesy: Very good!

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

This is a really gorgeous little bird. Fantastic capture. Your patio doors must be cleaner than mine. ;)

4 Mar 2009 6:22am

Darin from Seattle, United States

Beautiful colors

4 Mar 2009 8:04am

KD from Australia

Nice picture, great colour, detail and the bird was good enough to pose nicely as well! I think I might have tried to avoid the structure in the top right corner though or perhaps crop in a little tighter to exclude it.

4 Mar 2009 8:42am

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Fantastic detail! Great capture.

4 Mar 2009 2:35pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Très beau cliché

4 Mar 2009 5:35pm

Magda from Canada

very nice! great detail and post processing! nice capture

5 Mar 2009 8:04am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding capture. Beautiful details and colors of the bird. I like the structure and soft focus in the background. This is a wonderful image.

6 Mar 2009 12:20am

@Barbara: Thanks, Barbara; I especially wanted to include the bird house and wanted it to be a little blurry.

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Well done! Beautiful colours!

6 Mar 2009 6:46am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

Lovely, beautifully captured!

6 Mar 2009 10:22pm

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Superb capture..nice colors..very lovely..nice timing there

7 Mar 2009 1:56am

@marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu: What I like best is the blurry bird house in the background.

isidro from Spain

excelente captura gran nitidez, felicidades!!

19 Mar 2009 7:38pm

Suzanne Labbé from Granby, Canada

You are right about the bird house. It is just perfect. The bird is quite nice too and I am still missing that one on my list :o))) I love it !

14 May 2009 10:24pm