Blue JayJune 2007

Blue jays are among the more underrated birds, because they are common throughout the eastern United States and have a raucous alarm cry. Common or not, blue jays have glorious colors and beautiful songs (and group songs) in addition to various calls.

A blue jay also enjoys a good bath. Of course, one has to inspect one's bathing place careful. Is the water deep enough? Is the temperature correct?

Blue jay inspecting blue bowl
  Yes, that seem about right. Let's go for it!
Blue jay bathing
  Perhaps one more dip.
A wet blue jay
  Time for a little air-drying.
A very wet blue jay
  A thoroughly soaked blue jay doesn't look as neat and trim as usual. So let's leave with a portrait of a mostly dry blue jay.
Blue jay
  Although blue jays are everywhere east of the Rockies, in the west the magnificent Steller's jay fills the jay niche.

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro for the first four photos (taken in May 2007) and the SMC 1000mm reflex lens for the last photo (taken in spring 2006).

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