Those Blue Days of Winter

Today’s post features a common bird, but one that is primarily seen in winter. The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is one of our most colorful birds, and one that is quite loud as it often is heard squawking at a feverish pitch. And more than once in my lifetime, I’ve been “dive bombed” by one of these colorful birds, particularly if one thinks you are getting too close to his nest! And I’ve seen many a cat running across the grass, trying to avoid the Blue Jay! Here are a few images I captured of this beautiful bird at my rural Missouri home, during winter:

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

As our winter winds down and spring approaches, I’m sure I will see less and less of this colorful “winter bird”.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 500mm, f/4 IS lens (shot out my bedroom window)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Wemberly (version 1) gimbal head
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/800 sec.

 

 

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