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Probably my favorite yard bird for their intelligence and character. Considered by some to be noisy and the bully of the bird feeder, they add great color and their antics/behaviour is intriguing. I have seen them on many occasions take a peanut and go and hide it in a cedar or just feat away under a fallen leaf ( a temporary hiding place while they continue their raid on the cache of peanuts). Last Fall and again this Spring I witnessed one Jay dig a small hole in the dirt ( mouth fulls…), plant and hide the peanut in the hole before putting the earth back over the hole then some old leaves were put on top of that. A good hiding place except for the squirrels who will come along and use their noses to retrieve the treasure ’-)

Photographed In my yard in Ottawa Ontario Canada

Canon 50D and 400 F5.6L at ISO 400 and 1/1600 sec at F5.6. Image cropped from landscape to vertical with canvas added to bottom for composition.




  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentabout 4 years ago

    Very interesting angle of view Gary; nice capture

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot, super action capture

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97about 4 years ago

    interesting the way of animals, nice try on burring food, – this is wonderful.

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaabout 4 years ago

    Wow! What a perfect timing! Love it!

  • eithnemythen
    eithnemythenabout 4 years ago

    A really wonderful capture, love that beautiful feathther fan…

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 4 years ago

    Marvelous action shot, well done Gary!

  • Janika
    Janikaabout 4 years ago

    Haha, Good one Gary!

  • BiggerPicture
    BiggerPictureabout 4 years ago

    fabulous shot. you must have the patience of a saint

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Gary

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