A few days ago I set up a camouflaged hide in a nearby forest. I arranged some logs in front of it and started putting food out each day until the birds accepted it. Today is the first day I’ve taken photos from the hide. Using live meal worms (from www.dragonsdenexotics.co.uk in Newcastle) to attract shy woodland birds, lo and behold this wary but beautiful jay appeared after half an hour. One click of the shutter and that was it: never saw it again!
Jays are such lovely birds, but, as you say, rather shy.
They can be seen in the Derwent Country Park.
Hi June, yes, the problem is getting close enough to them to get a profile shot.