A Sumo and snobby Cowbird, Blue Jay

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This is the Cowbird that was raised by Sparrows and she will almost let me touch her before flying off.

First the sumo version:

Where's my @$% food? What was strange was how much bigger her head got when she puffed herself up like this.

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Now the snobby version:

That's not Grey Poupon! And don't forget the caviar next time! Since she was being such a snob I didn't point out that she has dried bird doo-doo on her belly. :biggrin:

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I did a HEAVY cloning/healing brush/patch tool job on this one. I liked the diagonal pose so I spent the time to clean up the lower left part of the frame.

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I think Blue Jays are some kind of pretty so I never pass up an opportunity to photograph one.

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Excellent set Andy. I've got quite a few from brief BYB sessions over the past couple of weeks but just haven't had time to process and post them. It will be hard to top these though, and I don't have nearly as interesting a story. :rolleyes::biggrin:
 
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Very nice images
Blue Jays are really beautiful. Can't get the cardinals either .. to dark an area
I have one coming to my feeder. For one second at at a time.lolol
Try to photograph that.
I am not set up in a very good place. Don't have a good place.
 
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I like #3 the best as it really show of the color patterning in the Blue Jay.

Next time the cow bird lets you get very close, make a fist but keep your index finger straight. Move this "perch" slowly towards the bird saying "step up" softly, but firmly. You can cheat here and place a little food on your thumb webbing. (We have 4 large pet parrots and this is a comand that falls into the "master of control" category - they are never allowed to disobey
it.) Who knows.....
 
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Excellent set Andy. I've got quite a few from brief BYB sessions over the past couple of weeks but just haven't had time to process and post them. It will be hard to top these though, and I don't have nearly as interesting a story. :rolleyes::biggrin:
I know better than that!

Nice series. I especially like the #3 pic of the Blue Jay. Very well done. That is one bird I have yet to photograph.
Thank you. I love the coloring on a Blue Jay.

Very nice images
Blue Jays are really beautiful. Can't get the cardinals either .. to dark an area
I have one coming to my feeder. For one second at at a time.lolol
Try to photograph that.
I am not set up in a very good place. Don't have a good place.
I know what you mean Gale. I miss a lot more shots than I get because of the "one second rule". One of the two Jays that come around is a perpetual motion machine!

I like #3 the best as it really show of the color patterning in the Blue Jay.

Next time the cow bird lets you get very close, make a fist but keep your index finger straight. Move this "perch" slowly towards the bird saying "step up" softly, but firmly. You can cheat here and place a little food on your thumb webbing. (We have 4 large pet parrots and this is a comand that falls into the "master of control" category - they are never allowed to disobey
it.) Who knows.....
I'll have to try that although I'm not sure I want a pet Cowbird. :tongue:
 
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