Stellar’s Jay

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A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta steller), who adamantly demanded to get some of our peanuts. We met this guy at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where these jays, but also crows and what sounded like pheasants were on wakeup-call duty. The vocal expressiveness of these jays was quite surprising: sometimes they sounded like annoyed toddlers, sometimes they were clearly rallying their mates, and their wikipedia page states that they can also mimic hawks to drive away other birds from their feeding grounds.

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3 Responses to Stellar’s Jay

  1. Christa Gros says:

    Wunderbar, diese Aufnahme!

  2. lisette says:

    het is weer een ‘beauty’ Andy. Kan je ook iets vertellen hoe je de foto maakt, instellingen bv., óf blijft dat het geheim van de fotograaf?

    groetjes,
    lisette

  3. Andi G. says:

    The shot was taken with ISO 1000, f/5.6, 1/250s, 138mm. When the birds started to land on our breakfast table and pecked at the peanut glass, I put some of the peanuts on a tree branch where there was a small patch of sunlight filtering through the leaves. Then it was just a matter of getting into position quickly and waiting for the bird to arrive, which happend about 20 seconds later. These birds are really keen observers.

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