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Whiskeyjack, finally.
This one comes with a story.

Whiskeyjacks (aka, Canada jays) are common in the mountains of North America. So, you'd think that I would have a picture of one, right?

It turns out that I have suffered the Curse of the Whiskeyjack. Whiskeyjacks who have posed for me have caused my camera batteries to die (twice), my memory card to fill (twice), the camera to die (once, but since repaired), my footing to slip, and so forth. So I have never caught one of the darned things on film except at very long range.

Until this one. On the Slough Creek Trail in Yellowstone NP, a well-behaved Whiskeyjack posed very nicely so that I could break the Curse of the Whiskeyjack in late September 2007.

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lcarreauStriking pose ...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Looks like it was a very well-fed Whiskeyjack.
Is this one related to the Grey Jay of the Washington Cascades & British Columbia?
Posted Nov 5, 2007 12:11 am

Arthur DigbeeRe: Striking pose ...

Arthur Digbee

Hasn't voted

Thanks!

Yup, also known as the Grey jay -- and known by some expletives when they steal your lunch. :)
Posted Nov 5, 2007 6:53 am

Tomek Lodowytop quality

Tomek Lodowy

Voted 10/10

can't imagine anything closer to perfection than that, beautiful close-up shot, congrats.

Tomek
Posted Nov 26, 2010 5:55 pm

Arthur DigbeeRe: top quality

Arthur Digbee

Hasn't voted

Thanks -- it's one of my personal favorites, so I made it into thank-you cards over at cafepress. So my relatives see a lot of it after Christmas. :)
Posted Nov 27, 2010 7:12 am

Tomek LodowyRe: top quality

Tomek Lodowy

Voted 10/10

what type of lens did you use to shot that beauty ?
Posted Nov 27, 2010 7:28 am

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Arthur DigbeeSubmitted by Arthur Digbee
on Oct 4, 2007 7:04 pm

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Lat/Lon: 44.94685°N / 110.29823°W
Object Title: Whiskeyjack, finally.

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