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Bird Photography Tips – Photographing the Grey Jay — “Canada’s National Bird” (preview)

©Ethan Meleg Gear/Settings: Canon 1Ds Mark II, 500mm f/4 IS & 1.4x, ƒ5.6@1/125 sec., ISO 400

©Ethan Meleg
Gear/Settings: Canon 1Ds Mark II, 500mm f/4 IS & 1.4x, ƒ5.6@1/125 sec., ISO 400

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society recently concluded the National Bird Project, a process to pick a national bird for Canada. They held a public vote and expert panel debate, and in the end the grey jay emerged as the winning species, which the society will put forward to the federal government in consideration for Canada’s official national bird. The grey jay beat out beloved species, including the snowy owl and common loon (which received the popular vote). In my opinion, they made a great choice with the grey jay, which is also commonly known as the Canada jay or whiskey jack.

Grey jays epitomize some of the elemental characteristics of Canadians — they are friendly, hardy, resourceful and intelligent. A species of the boreal forest, they are found in all of our provinces and territories …

To read more of Ethan’s bird tips column in this issue please pick up the Spring/Summer 2017 (#41) issue of OPC. Or to never miss an issue please SUBSCRIBE today!

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