I had a stellars jay do a nice pose for me this morning in the backyard. I don’t seem to get tired of shooting them, handsome guys that they are…

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D500, Nikon 200-500 lens, Nikon 1.4 TC, monopod, 1/2500th, f 8.0, 500mm, ISO 3200, AI Clear.


Hi Dave
You are correct about the handsome guy part, I could get to like Jays if we had this Stellar in my backyard. I really like the framing, exploding pine cone, the Jay’s head turn and background coloring.

What a terrific pose Dave. You got the whole bird sharp too. What a nice head turn showing what a handsome guy this is and I love the head plumage. It’s a bit tight on the top of the frame but otherwise I like the composition. That blue color is outstanding. Matches the sky.