Monday, September 1, 2014

I Love those Jays

Some people find Steller's Jays to be obnoxious. To be perfectly honest there are times that I do too. They make up for it with their beauty. They have the most amazing blue plumage. In springtime it is even more radiant. Right now quite a few of them are molting and their plumage is just a little ratty. Even then it's still an amazing shade of blue. Saturday morning before the Mountain Quail showed up I had a really nice time photographing the Jays in my backyard. This image was one of my favorites. It really shows off the feather detail really well. Enjoy! My new book "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography" is scheduled to be released on Sept.11th. Please check it out on Amazon and other fine book sellers. It is perfect gift for an early Christmas present for birders or photographers wanting to learn how to photograph birds in their backyards or just get it for yourself as it is available as a preorder. This image was created with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens at 210mm with a Manfotto 055XB tripod and a Bogen 3055 ballhead. Camera setting used AV mode, ISO 400, F5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/60th of a sec.. God's light and love to all, chris

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