Inquisitive Jay Wins Young Photographer Contest

Last January, on his 10th birthday, Jesse received what he had been wanting since he was seven–an SLR digital camera. In February, his father took him for a couple of days to a hide in Utti, Finland, to photograph birds. Jesse has been interested in wildlife since he could first walk, and so this was a very special trip for him. The weather was overcast, but several jays, crows and two goshawks visited them. This jay came in the early morning and perched on the snowy branch of a pine tree opposite, staring directly into Jesse’s camera. ‘I was so excited,’ says Jesse, ‘to have such long eye-contact with a wild bird.’ Jesse was the winner of BBC’s Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He used a
Nikon D70 with Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 ED VR lens and 2x teleconverter; 1/320 sec at f5.6; tripod