Not as confiding as most feeder birds, the Blue Jays will not visit the feeders unless I position myself some distance away. Using a 400mm lens allowed me to take these photos with only a slight amount of cropping.
Slightly alarmed by the clicking of the camera shutter the Blue Jay gives me is undivided attention
And then crouches as it begins it's take-off. Firing the camera on high speed continuous the next frame only contained the tips of the Blue Jays tail feathers.
The brilliant blue of the Blue Jay's plumage is the result nanostructures that form the feathers rather than actual pigment. If you find a feather crush it between your fingers and you will see the brilliant blue change into an unremarkable gray.