For a long time now, Jays have been a bird I've struggled to get decent shots of. They've either been badly hidden by branches or on a very unnatural perch or background...sights other wildlife watchers would be pleased with, but not us photographers! You can see some of my terrible Jay shots below.
So it was time to get some better shots of these fine birds. Jays are elusive members of the crow family and are more common than most people think. Marked with striking azure blue wing bars and a white rump, they can easily stand out from other birds once you know what to look for - oh, and peanuts work a well if you want to give them a treat. The peanuts were to prove vital in getting proper shots.
Once I found the right spot in the woodland for the birds, I waited until the weather forecast predicted sunshine, and off I went and fed up the area with shelled nuts. I used the car as a hide as I noticed the birds flying round when cars were parked, but if anyone was to get out or return to their car, they soon became scarce again. Armed with a beanbag and Bigma mounted on a Canon 7D, these were the shots taken over 3 days :
I couldn't resist a wee video too, all shot on the Canon 7D and Sigma 50-500 :
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!