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Columbia Missourian

FROM READERS: Blue jays on parade

April 26, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. CDT
The blue jays in John Hall's backyard came closer on April 24.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

In my last set of photos, the blue jay lovers were teased with a couple of pictures of one that kept his distance from my yard due to the robins. Today, the robins were otherwise occupied. I noticed the goldfinch and the arrival of some ruby throat hummingbirds. So, the robins have other things to do with their spare time.

To prove the robins were occupied you can see a photo of one with a worm that didn't get away. Then came the blue jay. Twelve of the photos are of one bird in many poses. Also, the cowbirds came back to eat and for the male of the species to "strut his stuff." After the mating dance, it was back to eating.

All the photos in this group were taken with a 300-800mm lens and thus the photos of the Siberian iris, red iris and the peony were taken from a fairly long distance. If you need to see any more iris, up close and personal, you can let me know or pull up a few of the scores of photos I've shared of them this spring.

I'll keep an eye on the backyard and report on what happens. Temperatures may reach the high 80s which will have the natives shedding a lot of their clothes a couple of days this week and by Sunday evening and early Monday the plants in my backyard will be hoping the natives left them some laying around so that they can use them for cover. Midwesterners, here's a word of warning: DON'T PUT YOUR TOMATO PLANTS OUT YET!

Someone asked how I have the patience to wait for some of the bird pictures to occur. Well, to get the photos today I sat on the back deck with a sick English cocker, for about five hours, after I had spent the early part of the morning with my dermatologist. His diagnosis was that I'd live but he couldn't make me a prince charming as far as looks go.

So, my goal is to hide my face, that he zapped with some liquid nitrogen, and try to make the world a better place by hiding behind a huge camera lens and attempt to find some things, from nature, to brighten the day of the photo recipients.

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