I have been trying to photograph these Jays for weeks and was getting nowhere. This past fall I setup a new feeding station for the wildbirds in the area. I set the post about eight feet in front of the bay window, which face west, ideal for morning photo sessions. For the longest time not a bird visited the feeder, which made good sense, since theres not been a feeder here before. It takes time for the birds in your area to recognize the feeder as a food source. But once they do... the Chickadee were first showed up, then Nuthatches, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, some Dark-eyed Junco and a stray Goldfinch..With all that activity, it wasn't long before the pigs of the woods would show up; Jays. The Jays have been the most shy of the group, each time I approached the camera, which is setup at the bay window, they would fly off. No matter how slow I moved, they didn't like my presense and would depart with a crop full of seed before one click of the shutter button. Well, this morning I tried setting up a simple blind made up of two bath towels clothes pinned to the curtain rod. Only the lens of the camera parted the two towels, which allowed me to move more freely.. The posted image of the Blue Jay is the results of my make shift blind. Gotta love it! See more birding image at my Flickr account.
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