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Yosemite bokeh jay

A male Steller's Jay perched on a railing at our cabin in Yosemite National Park. We were surrounded by a neverending display of jays, juncos, chickadees, ravens, and pileated woodpeckers. But these guys were clearly the ones in charge.


Hand-held Olympus OM-D E-M5, manual focus, with F.Zuiko OM 50mm f/1.8 lens, at ISO 250, 1/125-sec, f/1.8. I just love the bokeh this lens produces. A very shallow depth of field, with the background usually rendered anywhere from impressionistic to soft nothingness. And yet it is still really sharp in the center when shooting wide open.


"The Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the Blue Jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It is also known as the Long-crested Jay, Mountain Jay, and Pine Jay. It is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains. The Steller's Jay shows a great deal of regional variation throughout its range. Blackish-brown-headed birds from the north gradually become bluer-headed farther south. The Steller's Jay has a more slender bill and longer legs than the Blue Jay and has a much more pronounced crest. The head is blackish-brown with light blue streaks on the forehead. This dark coloring gives way from the shoulders and lower breast to silvery blue. The primaries and tail are a rich blue with darker barring. It occurs in coniferous forest over much of the western half of North America from Alaska in the north to northern Nicaragua completely replacing the Blue Jay in most of those areas. Some hybridization with the Blue Jay in Colorado has been reported. The Steller's Jay lives in coniferous and mixed woodland, but not in completely dense forest, and requires open space. It typically lives in flocks of greater than 10 individuals. In autumn, flocks often visit oak woods when acorns are ripe." (Wikipedia)


This was taken in Wawona, at the south end of the park, at about 4,000 feet of elevation, in a mixed coniferous forest dominated by Ponderosa and Sugar Pine, White Fir, and Incense-Cedar, with some oaks spread throughout.

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Taken on July 17, 2012