Camp Robbers by Barb Miller

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Estes Park, Colorado May 16, 2010
Steller’s Jay – Cyanocitta stelleri

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The highlight of my trip to Estes Park this afternoon was being able to see this beautiful Steller’s Jay – Cyanocitta stelleri. They are scarce within Denver and in all the lowland cities. The Steller’s Jay is present throughout the year only in coniferous forests. With a crest unmatched by any other North American songbird and delicate blue hues sparkling in its plumage, this bird is as striking as it is extroverted and mischievous. It is less known to most Americans than the familiar Blue Jay, and eastern birdwatchers often visit Colorado to sight one.

He is considered the bold and handsome mountain jay, with its perky pointed crest, the Welcome Wagon bird of the Colorado Rockies. Anyone who visits the high country forest, particularly with picnic basket in hand, soon makes the acquaintance of the Steller’s Jay. Though often announcing themselves with a loud shak shak shak call, they are quite secretive near their nests.

Steller’s Jays favor Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests, also inhabitating pinon-juniper and lodgepole pine. In winter they show up at lower elevation foothill feeders. I have never seen one here in the foothills.

Larger than a robin; sexes similar; dark crest; blue back, wings and tail; white specks on forehead. Size 11 inches.
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Olympus E-520 Zuiko Lens 70 – 300MM

Olympus E-520 – Zuiko lens 70 – 300
f/6.3, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 300mm,
max ap 4, pattern, no flash, auto

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome details in this capture Barbara, love his brilliant head crest…nicely documented as well…inst fave BTW

  • Thanks Larry, sometimes I surprise myself and this is one of those times. Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Lorilee, I consider this capture my prize.

    – Barb Miller

  • João Castro
    João Castroalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, Great shot!

  • Thank you so much. I appreciate you stopping by to comment.

    – Barb Miller

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 5 years ago

    Sweet shot Barbara. You got him with his crest up, well done!

  • Thanks Lee-Ann … out of a dozen shots, this one rose to the top.

    – Barb Miller

  • Steve Hunter
    Steve Hunteralmost 5 years ago

    Love these birds. We see them all the time when we visit Lake Tahoe. They will even land on your hand to get a peanut. Nice shot.

  • Steve, this was my first capture of this vivid bird. You certainly can’t deny his striking color. Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • BarbL
    BarbLalmost 5 years ago

    I don’t remember ever seeing this bird…what a handsome fellow he is!

  • Thanks Barb. I have never seen them in the flat-land. They are awesome. Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettalmost 5 years ago

    What a great photo. Never seen one before but it is beautiful. Great job. Brenda

  • Thanks a bunch Brenda. I was in awe of his color. Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • Elaine Short
    Elaine Shortalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Barb:)

  • THanks Elaine. I appreciate you commenting. Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 5 years ago

    Fabulous bird and capture, well done Barb!

  • Thanks you so much. Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 5 years ago

    This is just perfection Barb. xxx

  • Thanks … I really can’t believe I got this magnificent bird. His color blew me away. Barb

    – Barb Miller

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