I spent even more hours in the "Hazel-hide" in two sessions today, trying really hard to capture a special photograph. Things are coming along nicely, again I had both male and female Jays, not actually feeding together but they were within minutes of each other suggesting that they were loosely moving around the wood together. I moved the feeding log back just a couple of feet which meant that I could capture all of the bird in the frame of the camera. I have been formulating a plan to get a photo in full flight which I am sure will work well, that's my quest for the next week or so. I am going to position another feeding post/log at the same hight as the other but 10 foot apart. I am sure that if I put a few peanuts on one log, and more on the other, I should be able to get the bird to fly in a straight "flight-path" from one log to the next giving me the chance to pre-focus on the flight line and photograph the bird in flight.
I try to make my day wothwhile by learning something new, or discovering a small piece of behaviour and today I managed to sperate both Jays visibly so that when one was in front of me I could tell which was the male and which was the female. The bird has a very nasty beak which has a slight 'overshot" hook, quite a noticeable feature.The female has a smaller head, smaller and more rounded beak and a less aggressive look all around, These photos show the difference.