Blue Jays are a strange breed. They are so very common yet, I have been struggling to get a good shot of one. You would think that a relatively large bird, that is usually pretty aggressive with other birds would be an easy subject but, not these guys. They spook at the slightest breeze. They are kind of bullies at some points but I have seen them get scared off by sparrows.
They also have a very wide variety of calls. One of these seems to be an imitation of a hawk – maybe in hopes of scaring other birds away. I can always tell when they are around but every time I go out to get a shot, they scatter. While the other birds slowly return to the feeders, the Jays stay out at the edges of the yard. They fly up to the top of the trees and if I move at all they fly off. I got this one by setting up at a spot near the yard-favorite suet feeder and snapping a shot with my cable release. (He flew off immediately at the sound of the shutter of course!)
As soon as I went inside, there were 3 Blue Jays lined up to get to the feeder. They are really bid teases!
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
280mm @ f/11 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400