Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

I was out in Institute Woods walking around for almost an hour. Finally opportunity and prepared combined and I got this shot.

Most of my Blue Jay sightings have been at the bird feeder in my backyard. The Blue Jay in the wild has been too quick moving and often hides out in the thicket making photography challenging. I was out in Institute Woods walking around for almost an hour. Finally opportunity and prepared combined and I got this shot.

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is known for their vibrant blue plumage and distinctive crest. But they are often heard before they are seen.

While their vocal repertoire is varied and complex, the sound I hear the most is a series of loud, harsh "jay-jay" calls, which are used for communication and to signal alarm. Sometimes, Blue Jays mimic the calls of hawks to deceive other birds and deter predators. Additionally, they produce a variety of other sounds, including whistles, clicks, and gurgles.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a frequent visitor to the backyard. I think the [Red-bellied Woodpecker are buddies. They often arrive at the feeder together.

A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a frequent visitor to the backyard. The Blue Jay and the Red-bellied Woodpecker often arrive at the feeder together. Maybe they are buddies.

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird native to North America. It belongs to the Corvidae family and is known for its blue, white, and black plumage. They primarily feed on nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, and occasionally small vertebrates. Blue Jays are highly vocal birds, producing a variety of calls including harsh squawks, whistles, and mimicry of other bird species.

They are intelligent and adaptable, often seen in a range of habitats including forests, parks, and suburban areas. Blue Jays are known to be territorial and form social groups, especially during the breeding season. They build cup-shaped nests in trees using twigs, bark, and grass.

Isolation Photo Project, Day 111

Sometimes, you may come across photographs on this platform that were taken using Canon equipment. Two years ago, when my Nikon camera broke, and I hadn't yet purchased my Fuji replacement, I borrowed a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM from Bhavna's best friend, Ami. Ami's father, Kunj Trivedi, is a retired international businessman and a respected nature photographer who divides his time between Madagascar and his homeland of India. He had recently acquired new camera gear and generously passed his older equipment to Ami. Although Ami is not interested in photography, she insisted I keep her dad's camera until she needs it. Inspired by Ami's father, I have used her father’s Canon gear to capture wildlife in my backyard.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) · Friday 10 July 2020 · Canon EOS 5D Mark III at 1500 sec · EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 200 mm at f/2.8

A family of Blue Jays had occupied the sassafras tree where I had placed a bird feeder. The birds were photographed while they fed themselves at the bird feeder outside our kitchen window. Blue Jays are common songbirds known for their perky crest and blue, white, and black plumage. They have noisy calls and exhibit intelligence and tight family bonds. They also played a role in spreading oak trees after the last glacial period due to their fondness for acorns.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) · Friday 10 July 2020 · Canon EOS 5D Mark III at 1500 sec · EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 200 mm at f/2.8

I would love to be on a safari with all my equipment. Dipan, my brother-in-law, has ancestral roots in Kenya, and his family still has relatives residing there. Dipan's father recently expressed his intention to visit their family in Kenya and proposed that we join them on a safari adventure. As a child, I immersed myself in the captivating tales of Africa found in the pages of National Geographic. The prospect of venturing to a different continent filled me with excitement. Apart from a distant family excursion to England many years ago, I have never travelled beyond the Caribbean and the Americas.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) · Saturday 11 July 2020 · Canon EOS 5D Mark III at 1500 sec · EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 200 mm at f/2.8
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) · Saturday 11 July 2020 · Canon EOS 5D Mark III at 1500 sec · EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 200 mm at f/2.8

I had an interesting but tiring afternoon. This week, I ordered a 4-pack of craft ale from breweries across three counties in New Jersey. Today was curbside pickup day.

I drove to Conclave Brewing in Hunterdon County, Old Hights Brewing, a new brewery in Mercer County, and The Source Brewing in Colts Neck, Monmouth County. This took me four hours.

Old Hights Brewing | Saturday 11 July, 2020 | Day 111 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8
The Source Brewing | Saturday 11 July, 2020 | Day 111 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8

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