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PIC OF THE WEEK: 07/29/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Blue Jay

(Cyanocitta cristata)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.

Notes: I really like the pose of this year-round resident as it stopped off for an early drink at the birdbath. As the morning amber light struck this Jay, it both illuminated it's blue iridescent plumage and helped from overexposing the photo at the same time. Yellow light is an opposing color to blue light, so the two colors of light can neutralize each other. The same is true for magenta and green light as well. The blue appearance of this species is actually caused by refracting sunlight on its gray feathers, not blue coloring in the feather itself. I am often asked about what can be done when a hawk starts hanging around someone's backyard birdfeeders. Hawks occasionally do this to hunt some of the smaller songbirds attracted to the feeders. "Peanuts", I answer. Put out peanuts, the kind in the shell (non-salted), and the Blue Jays will come. When they come, they will chase off any loitering hawks. They typically eat nuts, seeds, soft fruit and sometimes insects.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010 • Shutter Release with 2X 33' extension cables

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/8000 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 3200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 05-31-13

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