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.
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.