I was home alone after the Easter bank holiday so I thought I’d photograph some of the birds that eat our scraps and specifically bought wild bird food. I set up the camera on it’s tripod and fired away. I really like the look of the Jackdaws so I was very pleased to have captured this one in this pose. However, on closer inspection this unfortunate Jackdaw seems to have lost one eye, probably as a result of a skirmish over food or a female Jackdaw. Poor thing! So I’ve named him Cyclops! (So original ;o) )

Just in case you’re thinking, “what a heartless person that Harry is” let me just say that I didn’t notice that this bird was missing an eye until I was looking at the picture on my monitor. He seemed to get around as fast as the other Jacks and as accurately as the other Jacks too. The feeder he is on is not intended for birds as big as a Jackdaw, but he managed to fly in and land on it without any bother! So there was no clue at the time of taking the picture. When I discovered his missing eye while reviewing the photograph I was a bit upset for a while. But that’s nature for you.

Featured in “Beautiful North of England. UK” 4/5/11

Canon 450D
exposure: 1/250sec at f/11 ISO: 200
Lens: 70-300mm Sigma @ 260mm
Filters: None


birds, jackdaw, north of england, north east england, wallsend, one eyed jack, canon, sigma, feeding

Inspired by my dad in visual arts and music from a very early age. He mentored me in photography, film processing and printing when I was 7 or 8 years old. He wouldn’t teach me to play guitar though so I had to teach myself, and played bass in a group while I was at University for pocket money. I took early retirement in 2009 and rekindled my passion for photography. My art is eclectic. I’ll photograph anything and everything. The world is full of images just waiting to be captured.

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  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Heh. Good shot! How rakish it looks—the angle looks perfect!

  • Hi Jan, thanks for your very quick response, I hope I managed to get my “disclaimer” in there before you left the image. He was great, and he ate a huge amount of the fat-and-seed balls that were in the feeder.

    Good luck to him, and a big thank you to you for your comment.

    – Harry Purves

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks Kathy. I just love these birds, they’re not exotic but they’re fast, big, powerful, and hansom in their grey and black plumage. Strangely, they’re quite timid bird too.

    – Harry Purves

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much Ann.

    – Harry Purves

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    I thought he was winking. I get around mostly with one eye, or thought I did! But not if I missed seeing that the bird lacked an eye! Still a great shot.

  • No, the poor bird’s been maimed. When I looked at your profile I thought the reference to “Through One Eye” as a web-site name referred to seeing through a camera lens. Ha ha. Still, your images don’t suffer, they are clean and sharp and I’d be proud if mine were as consistent.

    – Harry Purves

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Thanks, Harry. That’s mostly my intent with the website title—a play on words, and sort of my mostly private joke.

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your featured work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thanks Roca Mia. This is my favourite Jack, I have seen him a few times since so he is a survivor I’m pleased to report.

    – Harry Purves

    BLYTHARTalmost 3 years ago

    Cool – he looks as though he is clinging onto a merry-go-round :)

  • Well he is kinda big for that feeder really. But even with one eye he can fly in an land on it without any bother. The others land on the top arm then hop down onto it.

    Thanks for the cool comment Dave!

    – Harry Purves

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Love this shot – that look is priceless

  • This is my favourite shot of the Jackdaws I photographed. I saw him from time to time, but I haven’t seen him for a while now. However I’m busier now and don’t keep a watching brief as much.

    Thanks so very much for your comment Chris.

    – Harry Purves

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