Stellar’s Jay [Cyanocitta stelleri] ~ #26

Steller's Jay
Steller’s Jay ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 6, 2015

It was Monday morning, the last day of my 4 day weekend.  I was going to be driving back to the Lower Mainland in the afternoon and thought I’d get an early start to my day (OK well, early for me is if I can get up and out by 8AM).  It was a little chilly (3 degrees) but the sun was shining.  I stopped by Lightfoot gas to grab me a coffee and muffin and headed up to the top of Seton Lake.

Seton Lake
Seton Lake ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 6, 2015

This is one of my favorite view spots, and this morning it was beautiful, the lake was still and clear and had a great reflective quality.  I sat in the sun and enjoyed my breakfast while just taking in the beauty.  What a great way to start the day.

Then I heard a loud visitor.  I quickly exchanged my breakfast for my camera and went to seek out the object of that noise.  Then I saw a blue flash out of the corner of my eye while the bird flew to a higher perch.

I’ve seen Steller’s Jays before, but don’t have a single photo of them.  Unfortunately today was not the day I was going to get a good picture of one.  If I didn’t know better I could have sworn he was teasing me.  He had me running around from tree to tree, hiding within bushy branches or going so far away he was but a speck.  Then he’d come back, make a whole bunch more noise and he’d lead me on a wild “goose” chase.

Anyhow so I did get a handful of pictures, but most were blurry as he also had an uncanny ability to take off just as I was pushing the shutter.  I don’t normally use filters or enhancements on my picture but for this one below I adjusted the exposure and sharpness to try and get a better image.

Steller's Jay
Steller’s Jay ~ Lillooet, BC ~ April 6, 2015 (slightly adjusted version)

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