bird eater! my wife watched this kill a sparrow. we both watched it drag the body away while eating it. a carnivorous jay.
A few feet away
Jays love nuts.
big cheat - snagging nuts from the little "birds of color" feeders
I stood by the wall in mottled shade, 5' from the feeder w an 85/1.8 lens.
They just want to plant acorns up hill, but the hawks have them strirred up
All puffed up - Shrub Jay
Shadowed Shrub Jay
Shrub Jay warming itself at sunrise after a cold night.
Forget focusing on this bird with AF on the 5dmk2. Look at this image on the largest size. The jay's eye is
crisply focused. Single-point spot AF, hand-held.
This would have been impossible with AF on the 5dmk2. With all this clutter I was pleasantly surprised with this result.
Single point spot AF was useful with this quick moving jay too. It was playing with another bird and perched on the side of the stump for just a second before flying off. I like the way this is working..
Single point spot AF used here as well. Focus held on the jay's eye and didn't shift to the tree. The 2.8 shallow depth of field would have blurred the bird had focus shifted to the tree.
Shots like this used to be a 50/50 proposition with my earlier cameras. Half the time focus would shift to the tree. The "single point spot AF" option made focusing on the jay's eye, and holding focus, easy.
Shrub jay in morning sun
An "up-hill feeder" with a dirty beak: a raucous scrub jay.
Scrub Jay, loading up on the large brown things that come in the Costco wild bird seed mix. They selectively gathered all these before considering any of the other food.
Uphill planting s/he will go, freshly picked acorn in tow. 16Oct10
Just about every jay I see flying these days has an acorn in its bill. This guy is pre-flight. 16Oct10
Shrub Jay, molt over. 15Aug10
Molting Shrub Jay eating peanut butter. 7July10
Shrub Jay w Oquirrh Mtns to its West. 28Mar10