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by Dhamaka

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New this year, never still and rarely on my roof for long, I've been trying to capture this little critter for a while now
18th Jun 2008, 07:42   | tags:,,

taniwha says:

It looks like someone put three different birds into God's blender and this creation flew out.

18th Jun 2008, 07:58

Dhamaka says:

what a wonderful way of putting it!
Sweet isn't it.. not yet into its full adult plumage :)

18th Jun 2008, 08:08

Geodyne says:

My jaw dropped. What a stunner!

Good capture.

18th Jun 2008, 08:51

Twiglet says:

Lovely! Love Jays even if their call is horrible!

18th Jun 2008, 08:58

tullis says:

He/she's beautiful. Well done on immortalising him in pixels.
I can't think what a Jay's call sounds like. Is it like a crow's?

18th Jun 2008, 09:37

OCD Sprocket says:

Jays were one of my favourite birds when I was a kid, them and mandarin ducks. It was always such a joy to find one of those speckledy blue wing feathers, and I think I still have a few boxed away somewhere.

18th Jun 2008, 10:55

Caine says:

What a beauty. Great capture! Jays never stay for long, they feed quickly and take off at the slightest provocation. At least that is how the blue jays around here behave. You might be making a lifelong friend here. :)

18th Jun 2008, 11:01

Essitam says:

:) pretty

18th Jun 2008, 11:19

next time you have to catch a couple :-) would be twice as beautiful

18th Jun 2008, 11:38

Dhamaka says:

Thanks all
Tullis - like a Magpie only screechier..
Caine - I'd like that
Stella - I'd love to, but at the moment this little one is on its own..

18th Jun 2008, 12:34

JokerXL says:

First rule of bird watching;
Bright, colourful plumage = dull, plain or downright ugly song.
Dull, brown, boring bird = fantasticly beautiful song.

I have similar boyhood memories of finding blue "jewels" in the undergrowth too Sprocket.

18th Jun 2008, 13:07

OCD Sprocket says:

XL - today I am wearing brown and can't sing to save my life, so your theory is correct.


18th Jun 2008, 13:50

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18th Jun 2008, 14:02

Looks like he does all his shopping at thrift stores. Beautiful!


18th Jun 2008, 17:18

billion says:

an elegant hobo...

18th Jun 2008, 17:21

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18th Jun 2008, 23:46

Dhamaka says:

thank you George

19th Jun 2008, 00:44

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19th Jun 2008, 11:26

Wow, beautiful. Great capture!

23rd Jun 2008, 01:20

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Rare!

23rd Jun 2008, 07:33

Rick says:

Beautiful bird. I've never seen one in that stage of plumage. Wonderful!

24th Jun 2008, 16:32

Dhamaka says:

thank you Rick

25th Jun 2008, 12:01

Cas says:

It's a beautiful bird - I logged on just to make sure that it was a jay. It came for a feed in our garden just now and thoroughly enjoyed the peanuts

17th Jul 2008, 18:31

Dhamaka says:

Thanks Cas!
They are absolutely stunning, aren't they

17th Jul 2008, 18:35