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Blue Jays are one of Ontario’s most recognizable birds. It’s raucaus call “jay-jay-jay” makes it impossible to miss and sometimes noisy, nasal "queele queedle queedle-queedle sounds a little like a mute trumpet. They are beautiful with a conspicuous plumage and are quite resourceful and vocally diverse often immitating various sounds.

Photo taken in Ottawa’s west end with a Canon EOS 20D, a 300mm f2.8 lens and a 1.4t.c.

Image is slightly cropped and sharpened in DPP.

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  • dfm63
    dfm63almost 5 years ago

    Such a wonderful subject and… naturally very well taken ;)

  • They are a wonderful subject and very much fun to observe and photograph. Thanks again for the lovely compliment. ;-)


    – DigitallyStill

  • Roz Fayette
    Roz Fayettealmost 5 years ago

    Lovely to see. Roz

  • Thank you very much.


    – DigitallyStill

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    He’s watching you very close. Excellent capture. A beauty.

  • I hear you… watching me closely, I was actually going to title this one Eye Spy With My Little Eye. LOL Thanks again Bunny.


    – DigitallyStill

  • SilkyPix
    SilkyPixalmost 5 years ago

    A million years ago, we lived in a room in Far Rockaway, (NY close to where the plane fell from the sky in Nov 2001) UNDER a family of Blue Jays nesting in the roof. I do not recommend this! The babies were hungry all the time & started yelling for food at about 3am every morning. It was a pleasure to finally move into a nice quiet apartment.
    Beautiful birds, lovely to look at, as your image shows, but NOT nice neighbours when you would prefer to sleep a little longer!!!!!!! LOL

  • LOL That must have been quite the experience. And pain in the “b-hind” but you just got to love them. I’ve actually observed a pair of Pied-billed Grebes, feeding 3 babies… now there’s a sight to watch. One of the adults actually attacked the baby because it wouldn’t stop peeping (loudly) not seconds after being fed and wanting more. ;-) Thanks for sharing SilkyPix. Much appreciated.


    – DigitallyStill

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 5 years ago

    Nicely done.Have a nice day.

  • Thank you very much rasim1. I truly appreciate it. And a nice day to you as well.


    – DigitallyStill

  • Ron Kube
    Ron Kubealmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Francine! I’ve yet to get a good close shot of one.

  • They sure a busy bodies, but patience does pay off. ;-) Thanks again Ronaldo.


    – DigitallyStill

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlalmost 5 years ago

  • Oh my land. ;-) I’m humbled. Thank you so very much.

    – DigitallyStill

  • Bill Marsh
    Bill Marshalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice indeed :

    We have a lot of them around our feeder & they are a treat to watch. Congratulations on your feature.

    Take Care.


  • Thank you very much Bill. They sure are a treat to watch.


    – DigitallyStill

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