Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Harvester Jay by Synari Harvester Jay by Synari
blue jay with acorn

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the Blue Jay are recognized.


This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconi-am-aly:
i-am-aly Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Love it^^
Reply
:iconaveragephotographer:
AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot!
Reply
:iconfractalcaleidoscope:
FractalCaleidoscope Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Great shot!  :)
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you!
Reply
:iconleblancdememoire:
leblancdememoire Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
very nice
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
Reply
:iconeaglesdarephoto:
eaglesdarephoto Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is another amazing photo! The color and detail are both very impressive!
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
Reply
:iconterribleter:
TerribleTer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I love the pose of the jay--berry in its beak and all!  :-)
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
Reply
:iconsrtw:
SrTw Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful capture!
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This guy was on the same tree as the Red Bellied woodpecker photo you commented on earlier. It seems to be a good perch for many birds. Several in my gallery are taken on this dead tree trunk.
Reply
:iconsrtw:
SrTw Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   General Artist
Wonderful pic.  I want to emulate you.  I have a possible similar perch (a tree I cut down to about 8-10 feet) in the back garden but it has bamboo all round it, so it doesn't give safe clear cover for birds against cats.  I was going to dig it up.  I may keep it now.  I am lucky that all three of our UK woodpecker species reside within about one or two hundred metres, including the rare, small Lesser Spotted (which I haven't seen but I've heard of reports of sightings). 
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I use my house as a blind. Try finding windows you can open to shoot out of. It helps act as cover for the more skittish birds. We had also thought of cutting down this dead tree stump; but seeing how many great pics I have gotten on or near it, we've decided to leave it as long as we can. Having a clear shot with birds is always a challenge for any level photographer; nature likes to hide and keep to cover, esp birds. And even more so when cats are known to visit the area. You do the best you can to pick spots that give the best shots and work with what you can otherwise. That's one of the challenges I happen to love about birding and photographing wildlife; things don't always co-operate perfectly. Once and a while you get a great shot; stellar ones even, but some of the ones with the most character are just shy of perfect. Sometimes small imperfections add to a photo instead of distract; it just depends on what they are and where they are placed. I hope you can be patient and keep trying for more bird and woodpecker pics. It's always a thrill to photograph the more rare ones. Gives a great feel of accomplishment to have witnessed and documented such a visit.
Reply
:iconsrtw:
SrTw Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   General Artist
Yes and it would be boring and less of an art if if was very easy.  "If it was easy, anybody could do it" is one of my favourite expressions.

Btw, did you know that the British term for the North American word "blind", or "bird blind" is "hide" or "bird hide".  I didn't know the word blind in this usage until I read your message!

I agree with you about so-called "imperfections".
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, didn't know that. Makes sense to call it a hide vs blind. Us americans can be weird :P
Reply
:iconsrtw:
SrTw Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013   General Artist
Strangely enough, when I was very young, I thought 'hide' was a bit odd because I regarded it just as a verb! ;P
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
for example, this shot above....while it is "one" of my best, the tree to the left of the image to me, makes it less than perfect.
Reply
:iconharlia:
harlia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great shot

Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for all the support
Reply
:iconharlia:
harlia Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your Welcome :)
Reply
:iconkalikamarie:
KalikaMarie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Great job on the capture. They can be such a difficult bird to photograph.
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they can be particularly tricky. It sounds as if you speak from some experience.
Reply
:iconkalikamarie:
KalikaMarie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I do. The only way I get any pictures of them is through my living room window with a lot of patience :lol:
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This one was taken out my 2nd floor apartment window. I find birds are much easier to photograph when you're in a "blind/cover" of sorts...i.e a house or other structure. If you're out in the open, it's much more difficult as they all are very skittish. I find jays have alot of personality and some funny antics; like crows and ravens (they're in the same family). I've found the smaller the bird, the harder they are to capture on film-even with a "blind".
Reply
:iconkalikamarie:
KalikaMarie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I've started calling my jays 'bullies'. They love to chase away the sparrows even though they don't go near the peanuts. But the blackbirds started to stand their ground and they don't scatter when the jays show up.
I quite like sitting in my window and watching the birds with my cats. Sounds crazy saying it, but it can be amusing at times. And we all need a good laugh every now and then.
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is wonderful that you take the down time to do such things. It reminds and reinforces our connection with nature. They are, after all, our neighbors and it is good to spent some time getting to know one's neighbors. And if there's a good chuckle in it now and then, that makes it even more precious.
Reply
:iconadriandunk:
AdrianDunk Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photo of a beautiful bird.
Reply
:iconsynari:
Synari Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I got really lucky with this one.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
September 27, 2013
Image Size
1.6 MB
Resolution
3672×2648
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
1,671
Favourites
113 (who?)
Comments
29

Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Shutter Speed
1/251 second
Aperture
F/6.5
Focal Length
215 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Sep 27, 2013, 4:08:06 PM
Sensor Size
5mm