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13-NOV-2004 Antje Schulte


This jay was meowing and imitating the "Danger, ground foe!" blackbird call to scare the other birds. He was so convincing I kept looking for the cat at first. :-) During this "lie", he assumed this "tilted" posture (it's not the camera!), his pupils were small and he raised his head feathers, obviously agitated. But he succeeded, he had the feeder all to himself after that lie.

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 300mm f/4L USM
1/250s f/5.6 at 420.0mm iso400 full exif

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Gordon Keyes01-Feb-2006 05:08
Your understanding of avian behavior is inspirational, as is the beautiful photo.
You're in my favorites folder.
I've been trying to capture the facial expressions of birds. They have a lot to offer.
Thank You
Steve Ammann11-Dec-2005 03:40
Antje, you got this Jay's behaviour all figured out. I think I remember you posting the image at FM. Its a pleasure to see this outstanding image again!
Guest 19-Feb-2005 22:54
A stunning image of my personal favorite of the carrion family of birds..
Gorgeous looking birds!..very very well captured!
Digipets01-Jan-2005 17:09
You use this lens so expertly! Your bird images are marvelous!